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The March 2015 Beginning Farmer Success Newsletter has been released!

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Your Ag Business Venture:  Dream, Plan, Implement!

Announcing an improved resource from the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center…Your Ag Business Venture:  Dream, Plan, Implement!

Starting an agricultural business in Maryland is an exciting and challenging undertaking.  But, careful planning, a good understanding of your numbers, adaptability, and perseverance are often the keys to a successful business start-up.  Read complete article...


Food Safety Trainings for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Producers

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Maryland Extension (UME) will be conducting a series of regional food safety training workshops for fruit and vegetable producers.

These one-day workshops (four beginner and one advanced), are important for small- and large- scale producers who want to understand how to meet current and proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety requirements and meet buyer requirements for GAP certification. The training will provide education on food safety topics as well as assistance in writing and implementing a farm food safety plan for both wholesale growers and direct marketers, regardless of whether a certification is needed.  Read complete news release.


Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets

A series of 9 workshops beginning January 28, 2015 and ending on March 25, 2015.

In this workshop series, we will explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm. Each session covers topics that are applicable to a variety of agricultural operations, including fruit/vegetable production and a look at how livestock can enhance a small farming operation.

The topics featured in this workshop series have proven to be key components for ensuring farm profitability. This program is a collaborative effort between University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County and Future Harvest CASA’s new Chesapeake Foodshed Field School and Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP). Additional partners include The Farm Alliance of Baltimore City, Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, several agricultural professionals and some successful farmers in the region, including graduates of the BFTP.

For more information, or to register, please download the flyer.


Appalachia Grows Beginning & Small Farms Conference for Ag-Entrepreneurs

Friday, January 23, 2015 to Saturday (Beginning Farmers) and Saturday, January 24, 2015 (All Beginning and Small Farmers

Anyone interested in farming, producing food or farm products, currently farming and want to expand or diversify, or just want to learn from experts!

Friday's program is exclusively for new and beginning farmers - we'll cover lots of info that will help in your planning and you can have one-on-one consultation with farm business experts!

Saturday's program is for everyone, whether you're farming or not! We'll have vendors available to talk about their latest products, lots of time for networking and great sessions in a variety of topics.

Please see website for more information and to register.

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