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Updated: January 26, 2021

Putting Recycled Water to Work in Maryland Agriculture

Farmers need water to grow their crops. But what happens when the freshwater sources farmers rely on become stressed or unavailable? Learn about an innovative partnership between a farmer and a nearby wastewater treatment plant that uses water reuse to safely and efficiently grow crops on one Maryland farm.
Updated: March 29, 2021

Public Speaking - Making a Great Speech

Public speaking is one of the top fears of adults within the U.S. It is also one of the best life skills youth can gain during their time in 4-H. Participating in the Maryland 4-H Public Speaking contest is a great way to practice this skill. This guidebook provides youth with an overview of the Maryland 4-H Public Speaking Contest and worksheets to use when developing their speeches.
Updated: January 22, 2021

Educator's Guide to Mindfulness Activities for Adults

Mindfulness Activity Guide for Adults provides guidance and encouragement to people who wish to embrace mindfulness practice in their work and personal lives. As educators, we noticed a need for resources that might help both novice and advanced mindfulness facilitators implement mindfulness activities in group settings. By using the guide, we hope the facilitator will gain confidence and feel at ease leading these practices. The guide provides in-depth instructions for adapting the surroundings, duration, participants' postures, facilitator's script, and other activity components to fit diverse environments or audiences' needs. We truly hope you find the resource useful, as it was solely created to help you create mindful moments for yourself and others you wish to help. The publication is $25 per book. If you wish to buy multiple books, make sure to enter the calculated amount (based on the quantity) in the "Amount" section of the purchase form. If you have any questions regarding the guide or purchase process, email Dhruti Patel at dhrutip@umd.edu. To purchase this instructional guide, go to https://go.umd.edu/buymindfulguide.
Updated: April 6, 2021

Japanese Maple Scale Woody Ornamental Host Plants

Japanese maple scale (JMS), (Lopholeucaspis japonica Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), is a prolific pest of major concern to nursery crop producers and landscape managers in MD and the eastern United States. JMS is difficult to monitor and manage due to its small size, extended crawler emergence periods, and wide host plant range. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide practitioners with host plant information that will help to improve and focus their monitoring efforts. All plants listed in this fact sheet are verified as hosts of Japanese maple scale from published literature or direct observations by the authors. This list should not be considered all inclusive. Due to the generalist feeding habits of JMS there are likely more hosts we have yet to identify including additional cultivars/hybrids.
Updated: January 19, 2021

Solar Arrays & Maryland’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) Application Process

Solar arrays are becoming an increasingly familiar sight all over Maryland. In 2017, for the first time, solar power in Maryland exceeded the combined electricity generation from both biomass and wind power. Agricultural landowners often decide to install solar panels to off-set their personal and business electricity usage. Solar developers also approach agricultural landowners about leasing farmland to install utility-scale solar energy generating stations (SEGS).
Updated: January 8, 2021

Creating Opportunities to Reach Underserved Communities: Making Connections via Outreach, Networking, and Partnerships

Maryland is considered “America in miniature.” Like many other states in the country, Maryland represents a very diverse area in terms of landscape, climate, culture and inhabitants. For decades, 4-H has been an organization that has recognized the diversity of not only Maryland but all states and has provided youth development programs that evolve to meet the needs of the ever changing society (Figure 1, Junge 2006). Although deeply rooted in an agricultural foundation, 4-H has broadened its scope in recent years to provide developmental support for youth in non-farm based rural, urban and suburban areas. Historically, these areas have been considered “underserved.” According to Junge (2000), an underserved area is one where 4-H is not currently serving the community. This could be based on demographics, geographic location or resource availability (ex. income, transportation, employment status, etc).. This publication will share strategies that can be used to create opportunities to reach underserved communities using needs based outreach, networks and partnerships.
Updated: January 5, 2021

4-H Adventure in Science Program and the Power of Partnership

Adventure In Science is a partnership between the University of Maryland Extension and AIS Inc. It is a science based hands-on educational program reaching about 330 youth ages 8-14 in Montgomery County. The program is provided at six locations managed by organizational leaders and instructors. Parents and other volunteers help teach an interactive 2-3 hours sessions every Saturday for 18 weeks.
Updated: January 26, 2021

Preparing 4-Hers for Interview Success

Interviewing can be intimidating and stressful but teaching 4-Hers essential skills in this area will help them be successful. This publication provides youth development professionals with a resource when teaching 4-Hers about interviewing for teen leadership positions, Out of State trip interviews, and employment. Additionally, this publication can be a tool directly provided to 4-H youth who are planning to interview.
Updated: January 22, 2021

Oyster Aquaculture Production Systems

Oyster aquaculture in Maryland is carried out using both traditional bottom leases as well as newer water column leases that utilize containment gear to produce single oysters. This manual describes the different types of production methods that can be used to build an aquaculture business and is designed to help prospective growers choose a method as well as equipment that will result in the production of high quality shellfish.
Updated: January 22, 2021

Nutrient Credit Trading Could Expand Maryland Oyster Aquaculture

Researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) conducted a study to evaluate the potential effect of nutrient credit trading on the growth and profitability of Maryland’s aquaculture industry. Nutrient credit trading is a market approach to lowering the cost of meeting the pollution caps that have been established to restore aquatic habitat in the Chesapeake Bay. Oyster aquaculture producers are eligible to sell credits in this emerging market, which creates the potential for economic and environmental benefits.