University of Maryland Extension

Agriculture

Online Learning Opportunities 

Natural Area Management Services Webinar Series
Join this webinar series and learn about expanding Green Industry services to your clientele, and earn a variety of forestry-related recertification credits. Perhaps you manage land for an organization, work with volunteers, or are just an interested landowner?

Then this four-part webinar series is for you! The Woods in Your Backyard Partnership has created a multi-state program for Green Industry professionals to gain knowledge and skills useful for providing additional services to clientele with small acreage properties. Natural area management services can enhance existing natural areas or create new ones from existing lawn areas. Known as “land care practices,” they include invasive plant identification and control, controlling damaging vines, converting lawn areas to woodland using tree seedlings and shelters, enhancing wildlife habitat enhancement, trail construction, and other practices.

Webinar Series Details

Webinar 1 - Expanding Your Business: Land Care Practices on Small-Acreage Properties
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Webinar 2 - Land Care Practices for Woodland Health
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Webinar 3 - Land Care Practices for Woodland Health Continued
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Webinar 4 - Introduction to Woodland Health Assessment & Incorporating Woodland Health Practices into Your Business
Thursday, November 12, 2020

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 2020 Backyard Farming Flock Fridays

aising your own food can be a rewarding experience. It provides physical activity and a source of fresh food. Raising plants and animals in order to produce food is a great activity for the entire family and can be excellent for mental health. To assist small producers, novice livestock owners and gardeners and those thinking of trying their hands at backyard farming, the University of Maryland Extension has put together a series of educational webinars on various livestock and gardening topics.  

The Fall 2020 Backyard Farming Flock Fridays will be held every other Friday at noon EST. To register for any of the Flock Friday sessions, visit https://go.umd.edu/flockfridays and select the sessions you want to attend. All sessions are held via Zoom. 

Winterizing Your Coop
How to get your flock ready for cold weather. November 6, 2020

Brahmas, Cornish & Leghorns, Oh My!
Which breed is right for you? November 20, 2020

Poultry 911 
Health problems you should watch out for and what to do in a poultry emergency.
December 4, 2020

Pastured Poultry 
The advantages and disadvantages of raising poultry on pasture. Is it worth it?
December 18, 2020

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Preparing Your Farm for Impacts of COVID-19 (Fact Sheet)

General Information

The Washington County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator assists farmers and landowners by providing technical and educational information. These services are designed to offer the latest in best management practices to improve profitability, while being sensitive to the environmental impacts on the county's water and soil resources.

Agriculture programs focus on issues which include:

  • Crop Production
  • Dairy Production and Management
  • Forage Production Management
  • Pasture Management
  • Farm Management
  • Livestock Production
  • Environmental Quality

Special annual programs include the Annual Pesticide Recertification and Nutrient Management Training. Certification classes for private pesticide applicators are conducted several times a year.

For more information about the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program, please contact Jeff Semler, jsemler@umd.edu, Extension Educator, Ag & Natural Resources.

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