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Topic Name of ArticleBrief Description
Business Planning

Invest in your farm's success: Write stuff down!

Looking for a lawyer or insurance agent? Here are two lists that can help you find one who understands farms.

Article on Business Planning
Author: Neith Little   |   Post date: Dec 29, 2016

Article on how to find a farm-experienced lawyer or insurance agent. 
Author: Neith Little
Post Date: May 2019

Diseases & PestsMay showers bring June crop diseases Article on damping off and early blight seen in 2017.
Authors: Neith Little, Andrew Kness, Dr. Kathryn Everts.   |   Post Date: Jun 6, 2017
High TunnelsDon't cook your crops!

Article on high tunnel heat management.
Author: Neith Little   |   Post date: May 3, 2017


How to accept SNAP/EBT and WIC payments as a farmer

Online sales: Here to stay

Update on USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Article by Neith Little, 4/24/2020

Article by Ginger Myers, 5/5/2020

Article by Neith Little, 5/13/2020

Farm finances

What do urban and small-scale farmers need to know about the USDA's new COVID-19 financial assistance program?

Article by Neith Little, 5/26/2020

Nutrient ManagementWhat is a balanced diet for plants?Article on nutrient managment. 
Author: Neith Little   |   Post date: Aug 1, 2017

Learn more about urban livestock




My chicken is sick. What do I do?

Guide to educational resources on the small flocks of poultry, sheep, goats, bees, aquaculture, aquaponics, earthworms, and other insects. 

Article by Neith Little, 5/5/2020

Crop production

Learn more about mushroom production (fungiculture)


Specialty vegetables



Learn more about growing media


Apple budding and grafting demonstration

Guide to educational resources on mushroom production, both log-based and indoors.

Concise introduction to growing hard-to-find vegetables, with links to guides for production of ethnic specialty vegetables and suggestions for seed companies. 

Links to resources on understanding soil-less growing media. 

Videos demonstrating apple budding and grafting



University of Maryland Extension publishes a variety of newsletters that urban farmers may find relevant, listed below. A more comprehensive list of UMD Extension newsletters is available here. 

Topic Name of NewsletterBrief Description
Urban AgUrban Agriculture Extension This is the monthly newsletter of the Urban Ag Extension programSubscribe  to stay up to date on upcoming events and the latest articles and resources.
Commercial Fruit & Vegetable ProductionVegetable and Fruit Headline NewsThis newsletter is published monthly during the growing season and provides timely updates on topics relevant to commercial fruit and vegetable production. Subscribe
Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmer AlertsThis listserv sends out updates about upcoming events and articles relevant to beginning and aspiring farmers. 
Agricultural MarketingAg Marketing AlertsThis listserv sends out timely articles and updates on agricultural marketing. To subscribe, e-mail Susan Barnes at
Food safetyPlant Science Food Safety Group NewsletterThis is the newsletter of the UMD Food Safety program. Subscribe to stay up to date on the latest food safety issues and best practices. 
Greenhouse IPMWeekly Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management ReportThis weekly update is great if you want to brush up on your pest id skills, or get a heads-up on when to expect pests and diseases in your area. The focus is on Integrated Pest Management for greenhouse crops, ornamentals, and nurseries.
Woodland Stewardhip EducationBranching OutThis quarterly newsletter provides information on woodland stewardship and forestry.
Commercial Fruit ProductionHorticulture Technology NewsletterThis annual publication is released in December by University of Maryland Extension & the Maryland State Horticultural Society. It contains articles on recent research and a special section on the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention that takes place in Hershey, PA.
Home and community gardeningHome and Garden Information Center NewsletterThis is the newsletter of the UMD Extension Home and Garden Information Center. 



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