University of Maryland Extension

Webinars

2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST

Cost is FREE

All are invited to participate

Upcoming Webinars

10/24/18: Preparing Your Marketing Efforts for the Holidays

Retailers seem to launch into the holiday marketing mode earlier each year, with most starting even before Halloween. We can take a page from their playbook and plan ahead too, particularly our social media marketing plan for the holiday ahead.  With the successes of BlackFriday, Cyper Monday, and sites like Amazon Prime Days, shoppers are relying more and more on digital marketing messages and on-line shopping platforms to make their seasonal and holiday purchases.  Now is the time to develop a social media marketing plan and benchmark implementation dates to capture the largest portion of market sales possible.

11/14/18: Farm Lease Agreements

A large number of farmland is leased in the Delmarva region with much of it being done on a handshake deal.  Understanding leasing laws and developing a written lease can work to improve the landlord-tenant relationship and provide record for future parties to understand what was agreed upon.  Join Paul Goeringer as he highlights many of the laws and other issues that will go into developing a farmland lease.

11/28/18: GMO

Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMO’s seem to constantly be in the news.  However there are a lot of misconceptions about what GMO’s are, what plants and animals have been modified, and how they are created, tested and approve for the market. This session will look at what GMO’s are, which ones are available for the market and answer some of the more common misconceptions about them.

12/19/18: Using an  LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a popular form of business entity or organization.  There are a number of ways an LLC can be used to strengthen a farming operation, including but not limited to, limiting liability, defining family ownership interests and/or transition and succession planning.  This webinar will provide you with examples of the potential pros and cons of utilizing an LLC in your farming operation and give you ideas to discuss with your individual attorney.

2019 Webinars:

1/9/19: Farm Bill Update

Howard Leathers will bring  us up to date on the current status of the 2018 farm bill. If a bill is passed by this date, he will review the major provisions.

1/23/19: What to grow in an urban market garden

Growing for market in a small urban garden or farm offers both challenges and opportunities. This webinar will talk about the kinds of specialty crops that are particularly suited to growing in an urban market garden for direct marketing to local customers. 

2/27/19: Designing cover crops to work for your farm

Cover crops can provide a host of benefits, including controlling weeds, reducing erosion, adding nutrients and soil organic matter to soil, providing habitat for pollinators, alleviating soil compaction, and various other functions. However, not all cover crops are equal. This workshop will provide information about what cover crop species and management techniques are optimal for the various desired functions, and how to utilize cover crops that make sense for your farm. 

3/13/19: Protecting yourself and others on the farm

Attend this webinar to learn about some easy steps you can take to protect your and your employees' health, and bring your farm into compliance with the Worker Protection Standard. Communicating clearly with everyone on your farm about your pest management practices is extremely important both to prevent accidents and to live up to your legal responsibilities as an employer. Even if you use organic practices, you still have some responsibilities under the Worker Protection Standard.

3/27/19: Soils and Salts: From Fertilizer to Tidewater

Salts are a natural component of soils. In fact most nutrients and fertilizers exist in salt forms such as potassium chloride (KCl). Salts can have a negative effect on plant growth, reducing their ability to pull water from the soil. Although the East usually has enough rainfall to keep salt levels low, fertilizer placement, irrigation water, and flooding in the low lying areas of the Mid-Atlantic can all have detrimental effects. We will discuss how to read salt sources, understand fertilizer placement, and implement remediation for gardens and row crops.

4/10/19: Estate and Transition Planning Success

Estate and Transition Planning Success!  Real Life Examples of How to Develop a Plan to Transition Your Farm to the Next Generation

Do you have a plan to transition to the farm to the next generation of managers?  Does it accomplish all your goals?  Are you considering adopting one for the first time?  Join this session to look at some real-world examples of how to develop a plan to transition the farm to the next generation successfully and those plans that have failed to handle those stresses.

4/24/19: Predator Control for your Small Flock

One of the chicken lovers worse fears is losing a beloved chicken to a predator.  It can happen to the best of us.  This webinar will  identifiy patterns of predation and how to keep your small flock safe.

5/8/19: Keep it Legal!: Legal Considerations for Marketing Your Farm Social Media

5/22/19: Thought Leadership and Branding on Social Media

Success on Social Media is more than selling a product or service. For the agriculture sector, success is measured by engaged conversations, reaching out beyond our comfort zone and cultivating your personal and professional brand into a trusted Thought Leader. There's an abundance of conversations about agriculture on social media and not all of them are positive. Be empowered to enter the conversation and make a difference.


  

Duration Approximately 1 hour

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Archived Webinars

Our Archived Webinars are organized by the 5 areas of Risk Management.

Financial
Human Resource
Legal
Marketing 
Social Media
Production

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