University of Maryland Extension

Programs Offered

Pesticide Certification Training

Those wishing to buy and use restricted use pesticides must hold a valid pesticide applicator certification with the Maryland Deprtament of Agriculture (MDA). We conduct local pesticide training each February, March, and October to assist producers in obtaining and maintaining private pesticide applicator certification. (We do not offer training for commercial pesticide applicators in our office.) New applicators attending the two-hour training will receive a copy of the pesticide applicator's core manual and complete a practice exam before sitting for the MDA certification exam. Private applicators must be re-certified every three years; we offer two-hour re-certification classes covering a variety of pesticide topics. For training dates, see our events calendar.

Nutrient Management

Anyone applying nutrients to ten or more acres in Maryland is required to obtain a nutrient applicator voucher from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). We conduct local nutrient aplicator training each spring to assist producers in obtaining and maintaining their vouchers. Applicators must be re-certified every three years. For training dates, see our events calendar.

Anyone operating an agricultural enterprise that generates at least $2,500 of income annually or houses 8 or more animal units (defined as 8,000 pounds of live animal weight) is required by MDA to develop and follow a nutrient management plan. Our in-house nutrient management advisor can develop a nutrient management plan for you; for more information, contact our office. 




Our Agriculture Educator is available to visit schools and youth events to present lessons from the AGsploration: the Science of Maryland Agriculture curriculum. AGsploration is a peer-reviewed, STEM-based curriculum for middle school-aged youth that focuses on production agriculture, agriculture's interface with the environment, and how agriculture relates to students in terms of their nutrition and health. Our educator will bring all required teaching materials and can accommodate up to 30 students per class. For more information, contact our office. The AGsploration curriculum is also available to the public via the AGsploration Program website.


Beef Producer's Short-Course

The University of Maryland Extension--Harford and Frederick Counties, has collaborated to design this short-course to provide producers educational information and hands-on training in several areas of beef production. Whether you're just thinking of starting your own beef production operation or have been in the industry for years, this short-course will have something for all. Contact Andy  for more information on upcoming classes, or see our event page.



Classes on equine management are offered on a reoccuring basis annually in collaboration with the Baltimore County office. Topics covered include pasture management, nutrition, and health. Check the event calendar for upcoming classes.


Other programs are planned periodically based on community need. To suggest a topic or new program, please contact our office!

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