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Estate and Succession Planning Survey is Now Available for Maryland Agricultural Operators

The University of Maryland Extension receives requests for educational resources related to estate and succession planning, but often when those resources are made available, only some agricultural operations take advantage of the resources.  Researchers from the University of Maryland are surveying the estate and succession planning needs of Maryland agricultural operations. All agricultural producers, service providers, and anyone working with operators may participate in the survey. 

“We often hear from agricultural producers that estate planning is something they struggle with and is a top legal concern for many of them.  But when we hold workshops or offer other outreach related to estate planning, we often get few participants.  This survey will help us consider the needs of Maryland agricultural operations and how best to address those related to estate planning,” said Paul Goeringer, a senior faculty specialist and Extension specialist in agricultural law with the University of Maryland. 


Goeringer encourages all agricultural operators and those working with agricultural operators to participate in the survey.  “The more results we get the better we will be able to understand the needs in this topic.  We can develop better programming that fits needs in this area.”


The information gathered will help Extension develop new resources and tools to support agricultural operations as they consider estate and succession planning. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Anyone that completes a survey will be given the option to enter a raffle for 1 of 8 $50 gift cards.  Funding for the gift cards was provided by Horizons Farm Credit.

If you are interested in participating, please visit this website to complete the survey: anticipate the survey will take 30 to 45 minutes.

For more information, contact Paul Goeringer (


Calendar of Events:     

Commercial Poultry Grower Topics for 2023:

  • May 3, 2023:  Energy and Cost Share (Denton)
  • June __, 2023: Pollinator Field Day (LESREC)
  • June 7, 2023: DCA Booster BBQ (Harrington)
  • September 6, 2023:  Taxes (Denton)
  • November 1, 2023:  Insurance (Denton)
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Recent Programming:

  • March 8, 2023:  'Poultry Gut Health: Challenges and Opportunities' with Dan Bautista, DVM, of Zoetis, with Dr. Steve Coy-Fitz of Merck, and Dr. Jennifer Timmons of UMES. Watch the full video by clicking on red label:

        'Poultry Gut Health: Challenges and Opportunities'

  • March 1, 2023:  'Poultry Legal Issues: Suspicious Vehicles and Drones' with Paul Goeringer, UME Legal Specialist, and Anthony G. Gorski, Attorney at Law, Annapolis, MD.  A lot of Q&A discussion about Trespassing and Drones on properties.  Watch the full video by clicking on red label:

       'Poultry Legal Issues: Suspicious Vehicles and Drones

  • To see the Backyard Farming Zoom Session videos after they take place, click on Small Flock/Backyard Poultry (card) below
  • February 1, 2023:  'Integrated Housefly Management in Poultry Production' with Dr. Simon Zebelo, Assoc. Professor of Entomology, Director of Plant Biology Center for Integrated Pest Management, located at UMES. See Sean Clougherty's The Delmarva Farmer article about this presentation 'Moisture, Temperature Keep in Fly Control'Watch the whole video: 

        "Integrated Housefly Management in Poultry Production"

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


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

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    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 April 5: G.L.B. @ MDA - Litter
    o April 6: G.L.B. @ Paradee Cntr. Dover, Litter
    o May 3: G.L.B @ Denton Energy, Cost Share
    o June 7: DCA Booster Banquet & BBQ
    o June: Pollinator Field Day, LESREC
    o Sept: G.L.B. @ Denton, Taxes
    o Oct 7: Delmarva Chicken Festival, 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

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    Backyard/Small Flock Poultry
    Grower Lunch Break Notes
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    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

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    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

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