Classes and Events

Solar on the Farm Webinar - Does solar fit your farm? August 16, 2022

Are you interested in using solar to power your farm?  Maybe you'd like to lease your land for a solar project?  Or perhaps, you'd like to know more about how solar works and what opportunities are available for solar energy.

Whatever the case, you'll want to join this free webinar on August 16, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., addressing the opportunities and challenges for solar electricity.  See how other farms and businesses across the state consider solar to offset their energy costs using an affordable and sustainable energy resource.  Presentations will include information on:

How solar energy works and what role it plays.

Drew Schiavone, Ph.D.Extension Specialist, University of Maryland

How a solar project impacts you as a landowner.

Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, University of Maryland

How to finance and facilitate a solar project.

Fariborz Mahjouri and Cord Briggs

CEO & Managing Director, Aurora Energy

Register for free at go.umd.edu/Solar2022

Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm ~ August 25, 2022

Join the University of Maryland Extension, NRCS, and the Sines family for an educational field day at Sines Family Farm in Friendsville, MD, on Thursday, August 25, 2022. The Sines raise registered Angus cattle and will discuss grazing management and strategies they use to get the most out of their pasture.

This event will be held on Sines Family Farm, 2336 Friendsville-Addison Road, Friendsville, MD 21531. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

To register, visit our EVENTBRITE page. For more information, contact UME Ag Educator Jeff Semler at 301-791-1304 or jsemler@umd.edu.

 

Maryland Beef Webinar Series March - December

cattle on pasture

The University of Maryland Extension beef team will be offering Maryland Beef Webinar Series.  It is a recurring event held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.  During each session, learn about timely topics related to raising beef cattle.  While the webinars are free, registration is required. 

  • March 8 – To deworm or not deworm?
  • April 12 – Breeding & Genetics
  • May 10 – Break for Weekly Consumer Beef Education Series
  • June 14 – Interpreting a Forage Analysis
  • July 12 – Mineral Nutrition for Beef Cattle
  • August 9 – Pasture Management: Stockpiling Tips
  • September 13 – Spring Stocker Cattle Recap: Successes and Lessons Learned
  • October 11 – Utilizing Crop Residue as Forage Source
  • November 8 – Benchmarking for Success
  • December 13 – Wintering Bulls and Cows

To register or for additional information, visit https://go.umd.edu/beef-webinars

 

Tractor Safety & Operation Training

University of Maryland Extension will be offering a National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) training this summer.

Dates and times will be set once interested individuals contact the Extension Office.

In 1968, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was amended by the Hazardous Occupations Order for Agriculture establishing the age of employment in agriculture as 16 years of age or 14 years of age with special training. Part of the hazardous operations includes operating a farm tractor over 20 horsepower. The NSTMOP training would qualify youth ages 14 & 15 to operate equipment on farms owned and operated by someone other than their legal guardians.

The training is a combination of classroom instruction and operation of tractors and farm machinery. Anyone 13 years and older (adults are welcome) would be eligible to attend the training.

Anyone interested please call the Extension Office at 301-334-6960.

Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC)

Applications for NRCC 2022 are being accepted!

Sun, July 24 - Sat, July 30, 2022
Garrett County, MD


Join high school students from across Maryland at this week-long camp in Garrett County to explore careers and college studies in natural resources. This partnership with Allegany College of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service offers high school students a co-educational opportunity to learn from industry professionals and develop contacts that could lead to future employment and a career in natural resources.

For more information:  https://marylandforestryfoundation.org/index.cfm?event=nrcc

The Woods In Your Backyard Online Course

The Woods in Your Backyard online course provides property owners and managers the skills, advice, and techniques found in our traditional evening or weekend workshops, with the convenience of self-directed online learning.

CLICK HERE FOR A PREVIEW OF THE COURSE.

Registration for the Spring 2022 session is now open! Visit https://spring22.eventbrite.com for more information and to register.

Beef Short Courses

cattle on pasture

The University of Maryland Department of Animal Science in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension has designed these short courses 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, these short courses will have something for all. 
Beef Short Courses 

 Beef Education Video Series

The University of Maryland Department of Animal Science in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension is creating video segments 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, these videos will have information for all. 

Beef cattle with calf

Beef Education Video Series