Educational Events

University of Maryland Extension offers several forage-related educational programs throughout the year in a variety of formats including conferences, field days, webinars, short courses, and online programming. For specific details about upcoming programs and events, click on the specific event links listed below. You can also find a full list of the upcoming forage-related events on the Maryland Forages events page on Facebook.

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Upcoming Events

  • Pasture Walk at Mule Run Farms

    July 7th | 6:00 - 8:30 PM
    Houston, DE

  • Dairy Day at Coldsprings Farm

    July 12th | 10 AM  - 2 PM
    New Windsor, MD

  • Nutrient Management Webinar: Soil Science and Fertility

    July 20th | 12 - 2 PM
    Online

  • Field Crops Research Twilight, Barbecue, and Ice Cream Social

    August 3rd | 4 - 9 PM
    Upper Marlboro, MD

  • Beef Extension Webinar: Stockpiling Pasture

    August 9th | 7:30 - 8:30 PM
    Online

  • Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm

    August 25th | 6:00 - 8:30 PM
    Friendsville, MD

Field Days

Field days are typically held as half-day or evening workshops with opportunities for hands-on participation and discussion. Topics vary from event to event but usually include information on pasture and grazing management, hay production, nutrient management, and/or forage-related research updates. For details, agendas, and registration information, click on the links below.

2022 Field Days

Grazing Schools

Designed with producer interests in mind, these 2-day grazing schools will offer a more in-depth education on pasture, grazing management, and farm sustainability. Enrollment is limited to keep group sizes small and allow for more hands-on activities, interaction, and networking opportunities. Reserve your spot today and come learn everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm! For details, agendas, and registration information, click on the links below.

2022 Maryland Grazing Schools - Fall 2022

Webinars

Webinars are typically held as one hour sessions with opportunities for participant Q&A and discussion. Topics vary but may include information on pasture and grazing management, forage production, hay selection and feeding, and nutrient management for forages. For details, agendas, and registration information, click on the links below. 

Perk Up Your Pasture Webinar Series: When and How to Renovate Pastures

  • Pasture Renovation Decisions - February 1, 2022
  • Soil Fertility - February 15, 2022
  • Weed Control - March 1, 2022
  • Forage Selection - March 15, 2022
  • Planting and Maintenance - March 29, 2022

Women in Agriculture Webinar Series

  • Considerations for Selecting and Purchasing Hay - May 11, 2022

Maryland Beef Webinar Series

Recordings from previous webinars are also available for viewing on the Maryland Forages YouTube Channel or the Maryland Beef Extension YouTube Channel.

Recordings from Previous Webinars

Short Courses/Workshops

Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop

Toxic tall fescue reduces livestock weight gains and lowers reproductive performance. This one day workshop focuses on managing tall fescue toxicity and integrating novel tall fescue varieties into a grazing system. Speakers include local producers, company representatives, and Extension specialists from across the country.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership by University of Maryland Extension and the Alliance for Grassland Renewal and will take place on March 30, 2022 at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, MD. For details, agenda, and registration information, click on the link below.

Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop - Maryland

Beef Short Courses

University of Maryland Extension and the Department of Animal Science have partnered up for these short courses which provide producers with educational information and hands-on training in several areas of beef production. Focus areas vary slightly from year to year but may include topics such as basic beef cattle production, beef cattle reproduction, and pasture development and management.

For 2022, the Series I workshops (Fundamentals of Beef Cattle Production) will be repeated. For details, agendas, and registration information, click on the link below.

2022 Maryland Beef Producer Short Course - Series I

  • Eastern Shore - May 13-14, 2022
  • Southern Maryland - May 20-21, 2022
  • Western Maryland - June 3-4, 2022

Beef Short Course Information

Annual Conferences

Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences

The Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences are held each year in January at four locations across Delaware and Maryland and cover educational information on all things forage. This educational series is a joint effort between the Maryland-Delaware Forage Council, University of Maryland Extension, and University of Delaware Extension.

For 2022, the conferences will use a hybrid format with the Central and Southern Maryland conferences held in person and two virtual options available as well. For details, agendas, and registration information, click on the links below.

2022 Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences

  • Southern Maryland Forage Conference - January 18, 2022
  • Central Maryland Forage Conference - January 19, 2022
  • Virtual Forage Conference - January 25, 2022 and January 27, 2022

 

Maryland-Delaware Forage Council

Recordings from 2022 Virtual Conference

Northeast Pasture Consortium Conference

The Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference is held every year around February or March at different locations across the Northeast. The conference features scientific and experiential presentations, posters, and discussion, including a grazing research priorities brainstorming session.

For 2022, this conference will be held virtually on March 24. For additional details and registration information, click on the link below.

Northeast Pasture Consortium