October 12, 2021
By Erika Crowl

Meetings for the 2022 Production Season

Fall is officially here, meaning your local Ag Agents are preparing for the 2021-2022 Winter Production Meetings. In August, a survey was emailed and mailed to lists in Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford County farmers asking for opinions on how you would like the winter meetings delivered. Two questions were asked, “Assuming we can hold meetings in-person, without any COVID restrictions, would you prefer to meet in-person or virtual?” and “If COVID restrictions are reinstated, such as masking, social distancing, and no food, would prefer to meet in-person (with restrictions) or virtual?” From the 260 responses, 73% indicated they would prefer in-person meetings if there are no COVID restrictions and there was a near 50/50 split of preferring an in-person or virtual meeting if there are restrictions. From this data, we decided to go ahead with hosting many in-person meetings across Maryland as we did prior to COVID while adding virtual meetings as well. Please see the table for the meetings that are scheduled thus far. If for any reason we are unable to host meetings in person due to COVID cases and/or more restrictions are set in place, we will host meetings virtually. More details are to come and information will be shared in next month’s (Agronomy news) newsletter.

Date Time Meeting Location details Registration information
Nov. 30, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Southern Maryland Crops Conference and Dinner (In-Person) Baden Volunteer Fire Department, 16608 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD 20613 Registration
Dec. 1, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Washington County Agronomy Day (in-person) Fairplay Fire Department, 18002 Tilghmanton Road Fairplay, MD 21733 Register by calling Amy Simmons at (301) 791-1304 or emailing simmons@umd.edu
Dec. 2, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Northern Maryland Field Crops Day ( In-Person) Friendly Farms Restaurant, 17434 Foreston Rd, Upperco, MD 21155 Registration
Dec. 10, 2021 12 p.m. -2 p.m. New Lessons learned in Organic Grain Transitions Virtual Call the University of Maryland Extension-Somerset County Office at (410) 651-1350 or send your name and email address to Sarah Hirsh at shirsh@umd.edu.
Jan.13, 2022 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Carroll County Winter Farm Meeting (In-Person) Carroll County Ag Center, 706 Agricultural Center Dr., Westminster, MD 21157  
Jan. 14, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Grain Marketing Update Virtual Registration
Jan. 18, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cecil County Agronomy Meeting (In-person) Calvert Grange, 2357 Telegraph Rd. Rising Sun, MD. Registration
Jan. 18, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Southern Maryland Forage Conference
(in-person)
Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Prince Frederick, MD 20678 Registration
Jan. 22, 2022 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Urban Farmer Winter Meeting (In-person) Location: Real Food Farm, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD Registration
Jan. 24, 2022 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Virtual Urban Farmer Winter Meeting Online; Virtual attendance Registration
Jan. 25 & 27, 2022 9 a.m. - noon Virtual Forage Conference Online; Virtual Attendance Registration
Jan. 27, 2022 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Meeting ( In-Person) Friendly Farm Inn, 17434 Foreston Road, Upperco, Maryland 21155 Register by calling UM Extension Baltimore County Office at 410-887-8090 or ecrowl@umd.edu.
Feb. 3, 2022 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Virtual Statewide Agronomy Meeting Online; Virtual Attendance Registration
Feb. 8, 2022 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Virtual Statewide Vegetable Grower Meeting Online; Virtual Attendance Registration
Feb. 10, 2022 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Southern Maryland Vegetable & Fruit Meeting ( In-Person) Baden Volunteer Fire Department, 16608 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD 20613 Registration
Feb. 10, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting (Virtual) Online: Virtual Registration
Feb. 15, 2022 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Harford County Mid-Winter Agronomy Meeting (In-Person) The Harford County 4-H Camp and Deer Creek Overlook, 6 Cherry Hill Rd., Street, MD 21154  $12 registration includes morning refreshments and a hot lunch. Registration is $20 after February 4.
 
RSVP by calling (410) 638-3255, e-mail akness@umd.edu, or complete and return the registration form below.
Feb. 16, 2022 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting Location TBD; In-Person  
Feb. 16, 2022 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Caroline County Agronomy Meeting (In-Person) Caroline County 4-H Park, 8230 Detour Rd. Denton, MD 21629  
Feb. 23, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central Maryland Agronomy Meeting (In-Person) Urbana Fire Department, 3602 Urbana Pike, Urbana, MD 21704
 
Registration
March 1, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Virtual Statewide Fruit Grower Meeting Online; Virtual Attendance Registration
Mar. 4, 2022
 
8 a.m. - 1 p.m
 
Queen Anne County Agronomy Day (In-Person) Queen Anne's County 4-H Park
100 Dulin Clark Road
Centreville, MD 21617
Registration
 
March 30, 2022 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lower Eastern Shore Precision Agriculture Day Agronomy Meeting In-Person Somerset County Fairgrounds, 11828 Crisfield Lane, Princess Anne, MD 21853 Registration

For questions or further details, contact your local Extension office.