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Event: Farmer Training and Certification "Learn to Write Your Own Nutrient Management Plan"
Date: February 6, 13, 20, 27 (Exam), 2018  & March 6, 2018 (plan writing)
Time: 6 PM - 9 PM each evening
Location: University of Maryland Extension -HowardCounty Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Cost: $20 (is the certification fee)
Description: The Farmer Training and Certification workshop will provide opportunities for producers with cropland and pastures who use commercial fertilizer and/or manure to learn how to write nutrient management plans for their operation that meet Maryland Department of Agriculture’s regulations. Individuals with fields or pastures high in soil test phosphorus may require additional training and a greater time commitment.

Required Skills: Competency in high school math, familiarity with using a keyboard, and the ability to save and retrieve files on a computer are essential for completion of the course and nutrient management plan development. You will receive: A comprehensive training binder – the training binder will be used during the class, serve as a reference during the open-book exam, and be a valuable resource when you write future plans for your operation., Certification – producers who pass the exam will be certified by MDA to write their own nutrient management plans., Voucher training credits – this class will fulfill the nutrient applicator voucher training requirements.
Registration Information

Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis; therefore, register early. Paid registrations must be received 10 days before the first class. For more information, please call 410-841-5959. Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.


Event: 2018 Bay Area Fruit Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
 Wye Research and Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD 21658

High density apple training and Fireblight, Management of Fungal Diseases on Apple, Management of Peach Bacterial Spot, Herbicides for Fruit plantings, Strategies for successful fruit production in a changing climate, UMES Tree Fruit Project, Small fruit Insect control updates and more...   Brochure (agenda)  

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Pesticide applicator credits and CCA credits available. Pre-registration will be required.


Event:2018 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference
Date: February 21-24, 2018
Location: Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura California
Information & Registration: go to
Description: Featured speakers include Miles Reiter of Driscolls and Diego Maritinez, president of the Mexican berry exporting organization Aneberries. Educational breakouts include sessions on pest and disease control, tunnel production, trellising/pruning, food safety, plant breeding, and more. The conference will be at the Ventura Beach Marriott (805-643-6000). Reservations may also be made at the nearby Comfort Inn (805-653-5000).  For registration, program details, hotel/travel information and more, visit or contact the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association at 919-542-4037 or  Exhibitor inquiries are also welcome.


Event: Fruit IPM Sound Science, Practical Solutions
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: WVU Tree Fruit Research and Education Center, 67 Apple Harvest Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430
Cost and Registration: Cost is $15, checks payable to WVU. Registration is due by February 23 to: Jefferson County Extension Office, 1948 Wiltshire Rd, Ste. 3, Kearneysville, WV 25430 (Catered lunch and refreshments will be provided)
Topics and speakers: Sustainable Orchard Floor Management-Mr. David Granatstein, Washington State University; Disease Forecasting Monitoring and Management- Dr. Kerik Cox, Cornell University; Arthropod Sampling and Monitoring -Dr. Art Agnello, Cornell University; Climate Change:Potential Impacts on Agriculture-Dr. Jeffrey Andresen, Michigan State; University Grower Panel An informal discussion and Q/A session to discuss field problemsand other current challenges in fruit production.
Contact:  Emily Wells, Jefferson County Extension Agent at or 304-728-7413 x 2


Event: Ready to Take Root: Getting Started with Small Fruits
March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 9, 2018
Description: The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development (SMADC) and University of Maryland Extension are partnering to offer a new series of workshops on everything you need to know to grow, sell and market small fruits and hops.

The workshop series includes:

3/5 - Blueberries and Brambles

3/12 - Hops

3/19 - Strawberries

3/26 - Alternative Niche Small Fruits

4/9 - Marketing Small Fruit

You can sign up for one workshop or all 5!

The workshops will be held at the SMECO Auditorium located at 15035 Burnt Store Road Hughesville, MD 20637 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $15 and includes a meal and all course materials or $70 for the entire series.

For those interested in attending the workshop who reside outside the five-county area, email for information about online conferencing options.

If you are in any doubt about the status of the workshop due to inclement weather, please call the SMADC hotline at 301-274-1922 ext. 1, then press *832 to hear a message. Snow Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2018.

If you have any further questions, please contact SMADC Staff at or call 301-274-1922 ext. 1.

This workshop series is made possible in part by a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF) awarded to SMADC, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

Event: Our Farms, Our Future Conference: A Hands-On Vision for Sustainable Agriculture
April 3-5, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
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This conference will feature plenary sessions and workshops for grain, livestock, and specialty crop producers, as well as material relevant to researchers, educators, agency leaders, nonprofit representives.


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