University of Maryland Extension

Risk Management

Harvest, post-harvest storage, and food safety

Urban Ag home | Table of contents How you harvest your crops and how you store them until your customers purchase them has an important impact on the quality of your product and on food safety risk management. For most vegetables and fruits, especially leafy greens and herbs, harvesting first thing...

Soil contamination assessment and risk management

Urban Ag home | Table of contents This topic brings up a lot of fear and strong emotions, which makes it extra important to make decisions using good information about how soil contamination works and about your specific situation. What are soil contaminants? Most contaminants of soil that might...

Production topics to learn more about

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Across production systems, there are several important urban production topics a grower will need to learn about and consider in their risk management planning: Urban soils and growing media Soil contamination assessment and risk management Nutrient management Crop...

What does success look like for you? Setting goals for your urban farm

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Having clear, concise, prioritized goals is the foundation of success. If you don’t know where you want to go, you will not get there. Having clear goals is also a necessary pre-requisite to risk management. There is no one right way to be an urban farmer, no one...
BALTIMORE, MD — University of Maryland Extension will host five farmer field school workshops to help urban farmers develop their agricultural enterprises for success. Held at farms across Prince...

Supplemental Coverage Option Expanding as Part of the Farm Safety Net

Photo by Edwin Remsberg The 2014 Farm Bill created Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), a new add-on crop insurance option which provides supplemental coverage on a producer’s underlying crop insurance policy. SCO operates by mimicking a producer’s individual crop insurance coverage and covering a...

How do CSA Operators Manage Risks In Their Operations?

CSA operators utilize various methods to manage risks in their operations. One way can be through the membership agreement, but other ways can be utlized. Recently, a report was issued by Mayhah R. Suri and Paul Goeringer discussing the results of the work done by the Department of Agricultural and...
Annapolis, MD -- Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder reminds farmers that the sales closing date to purchase crop insurance for spring seeded crops and to make changes to policies is...

2014 Farm Bill Makes Changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) was established in 1994 and administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). NAP is a risk management tool for those producers growing crops not currently covered by a crop insurance product. NAP now offers coverage from the 50-percent level to...

Managing Risk for Food Businesses

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 - 9:15am to 3:30pm
University of Maryland Extension - Washington County Office
University of Maryland and Penn State Extension to Offer Food Business Risk Management Class Because consumers have grown more concerned about how their food was grown and processed, every food business owner (and every farmer who is selling products directly to the public) needs to understand the...

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