WMREC Twilight Meeting
Updated: September 21, 2022


Regulatory Decision Trees for Value-Added Foods
October 26, 2022  |  Wednesday 
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  |  Location: Online webinar
Cost: Free  |  Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-wednesday-webinars-tickets-170324907383
Description: Producing value-added foods can be a complicated endeavor involving several state and local agencies. The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) will discuss the regulations producers should be aware of and review how to use a new resource designed to help producers easily identify which processing and food safety requirements apply to their operation.


Harvest and Postharvest Practices for Improving Apple Fruit Marketability: Fruit Quality and Safety.
Date: November 7, 2022  |  Monday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  | Location: Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, Maryland  21756-1104
Cost: $20, pre-register or pay at the door (Includes snacks, lunch, coffee, and networking.)  Registration: will open on Sept. 26th https://AppleWorkshop.eventbrite.com
Description: Presentations, Demonstrations, and Discussions. Apple fruit quality topics: Practices for fruit quality improvement, Apple harvest maturity assessments, Improving apple red skin coloration. Food safety topics: Cleaning and sanitation of bins and equipment, Does water quality affect dump tank sanitizers?, Harvesting safe practices, including culls and drops

For more information contact: Dr. Macarena Farcuh at mfarcuh@umd.edu


2022 Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
Date: November 15-17, 2022 | Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Location: Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort, 9100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Cost: $325 through October 15 then increases to $375 through November 7. Early registration and lodging reservations are recommended! (Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, November 7, 2022.)
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School offers a 2 1/2-day format with a variety of breakout sessions. Individuals needing training in soil and water, nutrient management, crop management and pest management can create their own schedule by choosing from 5 program options offered each hour. Emphasis is placed on new and advanced information, with group discussions and interaction encouraged.
Registration and more information: https://go.umd.edu/crop22registration


Crop Sustainability & IPM Workshop PAT/NM Recertification
December 15, 2022  | Thursday  |  Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: UME-Anne Arundel County, 97 Dairy Lane, Gambrills, MD 21054
Description: This workshop will explore advanced crop production practices focusing on sustainability, food security and integrated pest management tactics. Attendance at this conference will satisfy the requirement for the Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification & Nutrient Applicator Voucher. Registration is required.
Registration: go.umd.edu/CropsIPMWorkshop-Dec


Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Meeting
Date: January 26, 2023  |  Thursday  |  Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: TBA |  Location: TBA
Description: This well sponsored, large grower meeting always offers a great deal of vegetable industry information. Pesticide recertification and Nutrient Applicator Voucher Recertification credits are awarded for attending this meeting.
Register: Call the UM Extension Baltimore County Office at 410-887-8090 or email ecrowl@umd.edu.



Southern Maryland Vegetable & Fruit Production Meeting (Save the Date)
Date: February 9, 2023  |  Thursday  |  Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 |  Location: TBD
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

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

Archives (Webinar Recordings)

Winter Meetings 2020-2021

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
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


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. 

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