More Upcoming Classes of Interest to Farmers

Surviving the Risk: A look a crop budgets, communication, lease agreements
and more.

With today’s escalating input costs, and volatile commodity markets it is
increasingly important to reduce risk on the farm. The topics that will be
addressed are crop budgets, communicating with landowners, lease
agreements, new types of agreements such as flex leases and crop
insurance.  We will also share innovative lease contracts being used in
the Mid-west. This topic will address the basic requirements of a lease
contract from the owner and the operator’s viewpoint.

Cost: $20 for the workshop and includes a binder of materials and a meal.

Dates: Friday, January 29th 9am – 12pm

Dorchester County Extension Office

To register contact 410-228-8800

Right Risk

RightRisk is an innovative risk research and education effort to help
farmers understand and explore risk management decisions and evaluate the
effects of those decisions.  This program uses two years worth of
decisions including crop insurance, grain marketing and crop rotations to
assess risk strategies and evaluates their strategy’s success.

This is a hands-on learning experience.  You will receive a scenario,
information and then make choices depending on your risk.  It is a very
easy computer program that helps make the decisions and at the end of the
scenario it calculates your levels of risk as well as potential profits
and losses.

Cost: $10 per person and includes materials and meals.

Dates: Thursday, January 14th 9am – 12pm

Somerset County Extension Office

To register contact 410-351-1350

Tuesday, February 2nd 7-10am

Queen Anne’s Grain Marketing Meeting, Tilghman Terrace, Centreville MD

To register contact 410-758-0166

Web Soil Survey Training and other Websites of Interest

Talbot County’s Soil Survey is now online.  This is a great tool for
farmers, agency etc that are looking for soil type information,
productivity information and more.  This session will be conducted with
computers so you will get a hands on opportunity to practice mapping
fields and accessing soil types.

Cost: Free

Date:Thursday, January 7th 1pm-3pm

Talbot County Extension Office

To register contact 410-822-1244

Grain Marketing for Women

Have you wondered where to get information about grain markets and what
terms like options, futures and basis means?  This workshop will introduce
grain marketing basics with topics such as finding grain marketing
information, crop budgeting and pricing tools.  We will then use a hands
on approach in writing and implementing a grain marketing plan.

Cost:  $10 per person and includes dinner and materials

Date: Tuesday, January 12th 6pm – 9pm

Chesapeake College Higher Ed Center 110

To register contact 410-758-0166

Terrapin Couples Retreat:  On the court and in the classroom

Come join us February 5 and 6 for a couple’s farm management retreat. We
will begin with a Lady Terps basketball game at Comcast against Georgia
Tech. We will dine in the alumni suite during the game that tips at 8:30
p.m. Couples will stay overnight in College Park. Classes will begin
promptly at 9a.m. in Symons Hall. We will offer a selection of farm
management classes from risk analysis, to budgeting, quick books, excel ,
various land leases, communication with the landlords and family, grain
marketing, and conclude  with lunch. There will also be a short campus
tour after lunch before we adjourn.

Dates: Friday and Saturday February 5th and 6th 2010
University of Maryland, College Park

Registration forms will be posted at by
November 20. This retreat will be limited to 20 couples.  For more
information contact 410-778-1661

Farm Management Classes for Women at Nine Sites in Maryland and Delaware

The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct
Annie’s Project during the winter of 2010 at nine sites.  Annie’s Project
focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower
women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks
throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen with a passion for
business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.  Topics for
the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production,
Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources. This course is open to
anyone interested in farm management practices.

The course will be 8 sessions starting on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6-
9pm (Washington County dates differ) with classroom and computer lab work.
Sites range from Western Maryland, Central Maryland, Southern Maryland and
Delmarva.  The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is
$50.  Please register by January 8th – space is limited.  For more
information visit the website or call 410-758-
0166.  If you require special assistance to attend the classes please
contact the site at least two week prior.