University of Maryland Extension

FTC Testimonials

"The FTC Program was an excellent introduction to a very complex issue. I can't even imagine the headaches someone with a very diverse and changing operation must go through every year. However, I believe that the FTC training provided enough background information, hands-on experience, and expert personal help to allow someone to make a very good plan for a diverse operation. Even if a person decided to hire an outside planner, the program would give the farmer a good sense of what was going on, the proper questions to ask, and what alternative approaches might be possible.
One of the advantages to the program was that it, in some ways, separated the enforcer from the teacher. Many farmers I know are very leery of having any government interference or input or even knowledge of their farming operations. While FTC could never change the way farmers feel about government interference, it does at least provide a somewhat non-threatening forum for discussion and increased understanding of the issues involved."
 - Harry Ford, organic vegetable producer and President of the Maryland Small Farm Co-op

"Extension's FTC course made the burden of compliance somewhat easier to bear. Allowing me as a dairy owner/operator to write my own nutrient management plan is much more convienant and useful than using an Extension or private planner. I thought the training course was adequate without being difficult." - Lynn Strite, dairy producer, Washington County, MD

"I received a notice that the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension was offering a two-day course for horse pasture-based operators to be certified to write their own nutrient management plans. Being one who always likes to do things himself, I signed on. The prospect of getting off the farm for two days seemed pretty appealing also. I think I learned more about soil and what's required to grow things in it those two days than in my entire sophomore biology class. Maybe it's because I'm 20 years older and willing to listen but I really got a lot out of the course. I walked away with a better understanding of the need for nutrient management and the knowledge to improve my farm's pasture. The software you learn to use makes it easy to keep track of what is required to maintain the plan."  - Billy Boniface, General Manger and Partner of Bonita Farm, Harford County, MD  

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