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Maryland Department of Agriculture Pivots Toward a More Options-Driven Nutrient Management Plan Writing Program 

Annapolis, MD (June 1, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture today announced a shift in its Nutrient Management Plan Writing Program that will focus on a new approach to education, training, and farmer empowerment. The decision to move to this new options-rich model comes as a greater demand for plan writing has increased following the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more...


Pollinator plots make great buffers ~ and help the bees!

Pollinator J. Moyle pic 5.26.23
        Pollinator plot captured by J. Moyle - Spring 2023

Commercial Poultry Grower Topics for 2023:

  • September 6, 2023:  Taxes (Denton)
  • November 1, 2023:  Insurance (Denton)


Recent Programming:

  • April 5, 2023:  'Poultry House Litter Management" with Dr. Craig Coufal of Jones-Hamilton Co. 

           'Poultry House Litter Management'

To see more presentation and videos, click on Commercial Poultry Production below then Grower Lunch Breaks, or click here:  Grower Lunch Breaks                      


For the latest on A.I. in Commercial Poultry, click on Commercial Poultry Production, Avian Influenza

Click Here to View Videos: Preventing Outbreaks of Avian Influenza 


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  • Maryland Poultry Farm

    Commercial Poultry Production

    Our goal is to help Delmarva's poultry industry and growers with general practical knowledge about production practices in order to continue to develop, maintain, and operate economically viable and environmentally responsible poultry operations. 

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    Upcoming Poultry Events

    o June 7: DCA Booster Banquet & BBQ
    o Sept: Taxes - G.L.B. in Denton,
    o Oct 7: Delmarva Chicken Festival, 100 Years of Chicken! Salisbury

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    Small Flock/Backyard Poultry

    Interested in owning a small flock?
    Do you already have a small flock?
    Raising a backyard flock can be very rewarding for the entire family. Poultry is usually classified into three categories: 1) egg layers, 2) meat-type, and 3) dual purpose. 

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    Poultry Publications

    Commercial Poultry
    Backyard/Small Flock Poultry
    Grower Lunch Break Notes
    Poultry Health

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    Videos and Podcasts

    Preventing Outbreaks of Avian Influenza Through Science-based Education of:
    'Commercial Poultry Farmers', 'Technical Personnel' and 'Backyard Poultry Producers' with subtitles in 5 languages;
    Disease Control; Backyard: Raising Laying Hens, Backyard Farming Video Poo Series

  • Poultry Meet Our Educators

    Meet Our Educators

    Extension Specialists and County Educators are available to help answer questions and give advice in care and management of your flock.

Need Help?

Contact:        Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist,, 443-754-0539 

                          Jenny Rhodes, Principal Agent and Extension Educator,, 410-310-0103

                          Nathaniel Tablante, DVM,

                          Mostafa Ghanem, DVM,

                          Maegan Perdue, Senior Agent Associate,, 443-523-4389

                          List of Agriculture & Food Systems Agents by Maryland Counties

                          Directory:  UME Eastern Shore Offices and NMP Regional Offices