WMREC Twilight Meeting
Updated: January 24, 2023

January

Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Meeting
Date: January 26, 2023  |  Thursday  |  Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 |  Location: Summit Manor at Hereford Fire Hall, 510 Monkton Rd. Monkton, MD 21111
Description: Numerous commercial displays and representatives will be there to discuss new products and plans for the upcoming year.

This meeting serves as a Recertification for Maryland private pesticide applicators and offers recertification credits for Pennsylvania recertification. Also, producers can attend specific presentations to renew their Maryland nutrient applicator’s voucher.

The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. to visit commercial exhibits and refreshments. The presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end by 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served following the presentations.

The cost of the event is $20.00 if you pre-register, or $25.00 at the door. The meeting location is conveniently located about 1 mile east of I-83 via Mt. Carmel Rd. and left onto Monkton Rd.

You can get more information, or if you need special accommodations, please call the Baltimore County Office of the University of Maryland Extension at our phone number 410-887-8090.
Register:  https://go.umd.edu/VGD2023

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2023 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
Date: Jan. 31, 2023 thru Feb. 2, 2023
Location: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA
To register or for more information: https://go.umd.edu/2023MAFVCRegistration
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC) is held each year to provide the latest updates and important information to fruit and vegetable growers from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and surrounding states. This year’s convention will feature a trade show with over 170 exhibitors plus three full days of six or more concurrent educational sessions. Sessions on tree fruits, small fruits, wine grapes, organic and general vegetables, marketing, and many other topics are scheduled.

February

Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting
Date: February 7, 2023  |  Tuesday  |  Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free (registration required) |  Location: Eastern Shore Hospital Center, 5262 Woods Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613
Registration: To register or for more information contact Emily Zobel at the University of Maryland Extension-Dorchester County Office at (410) 228-8800 or email ezobel@umd.edu

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Southern Maryland Vegetable & Fruit Production Meeting
Date:
February 9, 2023  |  Thursday  |  Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 |  Location: Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Description: The meeting will provide IPM updates and present on a broad range of production of Vegetable and fruit topics.  Also at this meeting sponsors will showcase their products and services, and state vegetable organization leaders will be present to recruit and answer your questions.   
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqwgIy8oTYdMSwQ68XNUXKaA3TmHVM_LKrAbC4Hb0y6bbViQ/viewform

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Produce Safety Rule Grower Training (UME-Anne Arundel County Office)
Date:
February 10, 2023  | Friday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UME-Anne Arundel Co. Office, 97 Dairy Ln, Gambrills MD 21054
Cost: $35
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-psa-produce-safety-rule-psr-grower-training-tickets-464445889157?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
Description: Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires. For more information about the course go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-psa-produce-safety-rule-psr-grower-training-tickets-464445889157?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

March

Event: Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting
Date: Mar. 2, 2023  |  Thursday  |  Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD
Registration: TBA
 

Disclaimer: If you are unable to attend or have limited access to a computer or internet, there will be additional opportunities throughout the winter for small in-person meetings and an online self-paced recertification option. Contact your local Ag Extension agent for details regarding these additional opportunities.

Viticulture and Grape Growing Workshops

New Grape Grower Workshop

The New Grape Grower Workshop is held yearly during the month of March or April at the Maryland Wine Grape Industry Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Maryland Grape Growers Association and Maryland Wineries Association in cooperation with the University of Maryland Extension.

This course offers a broad overview of commercial vineyard development from pre-plant planning into the third year including economics and marketing information, variety, clone, and rootstock choices, site selection and preparation, pre-plant decisions, equipment, and supply requirements. We will also cover the basics of ordering, planting, and tending the vines through the third year of growth, as well as best practices for training, canopy management, and pest management.

The workshop is classroom format with a lot of time for Q&A.This seminar is a good overview of what is involved with getting a commercial vineyard started in the Mid-Atlantic.

View recordings from previous workshop

MGGA/UME/MWA Annual Grape and Wine Conference
Date:
January 25-26, 2023  | Wednesday-Thursday
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Kent Island Resort, 500 Kent Manor Drive, Stevensville, MD 21666
Registration: https://marylandgrapes.org/event/maryland-grape-growers-annual-meeting-will-be-january-25-26-2023/
Description: There will be concurrent sessions for both days. The first Wednesday track will be a full day of a New Growers Workshop. The concurrent session will include presentations on vineyard expansion, leaf pulling, vineyard ergonomics, mechanical harvesting, and ripe rot management.  Reception from 5-7 p.m. to interact and share some wines and food. On Thursday the concurrent sessions will have viticulture and winery tracks. The viticulture track includes presentations on vineyard soil quality, late season rot management, a fruit harvesting quality/testing panel, and a cultivar research wine tasting; the afternoon will be dedicated to Spotted Lanternfly background and management. The Winery track will cover all aspects and details of starting a winery, with an overlap of the fruit harvesting quality/testing panel and the cultivar research wine tasting,

Archives (Webinar Recordings)

Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Virtual Meeting
Date: January 28, 2020 | Length: 4:04:35

Virtual Winter Vegetable Grower Meeting
Date: December 2, 2020 | Length: 4:14:46
Topics discussed: Legalities of Direct Farm Marketing Specialty Crops, Sarah Everhart, Legal Specialist,
University of Maryland; Maryland Food Safety Program Update, Angela Ferelli, Agent Associate & Carol Allen, Agent Associate, University of Maryland; Vegetable Weed Control Update; Kurt Vollmer, Weed Science Specialist, University of Maryland Extension; MDA Pesticide Update, Maryland Department of Agriculture; Odd Insects and Diseases of Vegetables, Jerry Brust, Vegetable IPM Specialist, University of Maryland Extension; Managing Salinity and pH in High tunnels, Neith little, Urban Educator & Andrew Ristvey, Alternative Crops Specialist, University of Maryland Extension; Vegetable Trials Update, Gordon Johnson, Vegetable Specialist, University of Delaware Extension; and MDA Nutrient Management Update, Maryland Department of Agriculture

Virtual Winter Fruit Grower Meeting
Date:
December 10, 2020  |  Thursday
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  |  Location: Virtual
Topics discussed: Spotted Wing Drosophila on Cranberries, Maggie Lewis, Entomology, Graduate Student University of Maryland; Insect Biological Control, Alan Leslie, Extension Educator University of Maryland Extension; Small Fruit Update, Ben Beale, Extension Educator University of Maryland Extension; MDA PAT Update, Maryland Department of Agriculture; Food Safety Update, Angela Ferelli, Agent Associate, Carol Allen, Agent Associate University of Maryland; Soil Health in High Tunnels, Neith little, Urban Educator, and Andrew Ristvey, Alternative Crops Specialist University of Maryland Extension; Fruit Tactics for the Coastal Plains, Dave Myers, Extension Educator University of Maryland Extension; and MDA Nutrient Management Update, Maryland department of Agriculture

Bay Area Virtual Fruit Meeting
Date: February 10, 2021 | Length: 4:23:36
Topics discussed: Legalities of Direct Farm Marketing Specialty Crops, Sarah Everhart, Legal Specialist,
University of Maryland;
Insect Control Update, Kelly Hamby, Entomology Assistant Professor, University of Maryland; Fruit Weed Control Update, Kurt Vollmer, Weed Science Specialist, University of Maryland Extension; MDA PAT Update, Maryland Department of Agriculture; Apple Maturity and Harvest, Macarena Farcuh, Horticulture Assistant Professor, University of Maryland; Maryland Vineyard Industry Update, Joe Fiola, Viticulture & Small Fruit Specialist, University of Maryland Extension; Climate Change and the Orchard, Chris Walsh,, Horticulture Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland; MDA Nutrient Management Update, Maryland Department of Agriculture