University of Maryland Extension

2019 Conference

Preconference - February 12

Conference - February 13

Program Book


Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 N Dupont Highway, Dover, DE


February 12, 2019 - Preconference 

1pm - 5pm

The Family Farm Legacy: Keeping the "Family" in your Farm.


Connecting Through Effective Agriculture Communication: Building Trust, Respecting Voices, Engaging New Audiences


Jamie Tiralla and Susanne Zilberfarb,

February 13, 2019 - Main Conference

Keynote Sessions:

Opening: Lt. Governor, Bethany Hall-Long
Lunch: Roxi Beck, The Center for Food Integrity
Closing: Ingrid Hopkins, The Covered Bridge Inn

Breakout 1: Topic and Presenter

Designing Cover Crops to Work for Your Farm” Dr. Sarah Hirsh, UMD

Your Key to International Agriculture” Sequoia Ireland, NCBA CLUSA and Taryn Devereux UMD

“Practicing Mindfulness and Intentional Harmony ” Maria Pippidis, UDEL

“Tax Reform Impact on Agricultural Businesses and Families” Lisa Hastings, Faw Casson

“Why Perceptions Drive Buyer Behavior…and How to Communicate Value in Prices” Kim Morgan, VT

Breakout 2: Topic and Presenter

Designer Ditches” Lisa Wool, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

Smartphone Mobile Studio” Michele Walfred, UDEL

“There is No Fruit Without the Root: Building a Healthy Foundation for Yourself” Phyllis Johnston, Everybody Yoga

“Important Steps to take when You Have a Bad Year” Lisa Cunningham, Jennifer Feindt, Stacie Warner, MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Farmers Markets to Food Hubs: Direct Marketing for Small Farmers “ Elizabeth Beggins, Chesapeake Harvest

Session 3: Topic and Presenter

“What to Grow in an Urban Market Garden” Neith Little, UMD

“See ya at the Patch!” Donna and Nicole, Family Affair Farm

Mental Health 101: What it Looks Like and How to Help” Jennifer Smolowitz, Mental Health Association

“Planning for and Protecting Today and Tomorrow’s Generation of Farmers ” Charles G. Bowers and Leesa M. Mereider, M&T Securities

Keep in Legal - Legal Considerations for Marketing your Farm on Social Media” Nicole Cook, UMES

Full Agenda including Keynote and Breakouts



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