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Understanding Sustainable Forestry

ForestUnderstanding Sustainable Forestry

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Talbot County Community Center, Wye Room

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) in partnership with the Talbot County Office of Economic Development will host an evening workshop on sustainable forestry at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 29th in the Wye Oak Room and is free to the public.

Forests today are managed using sustainable forestry practices, which include a toolbox of techniques and management decisions to help ensure we retain the forest resource opportunities we have today for the future. Jonathan Kays, Natural Resource Extension Specialist with the UME, will discuss how our present forests developed, and the principles and practices of forest and wildlife ecology that underlie the management practices that are used to ensure a healthy and productive forest ecosystem. The role of landowners, foresters, and loggers in implementing sustainable forestry will be discussed.

A few woodland owners who have seen the benefits of implementing sustainable forestry practices will share their experience. Jim Harris, Project Forester with the Department of Natural Resources Forest Service will give an overview of regulations that exist to protect the forest resource for future generations and provide assistance to woodland owners that want to take next steps. This is the place to bring your questions about forestry and have them answered.

The workshop is free and open to all.  Please register by Friday, April 25. For more information or to register visit www.umeforestry.eventbrite.com  or call 410-822-1244 or Shannon Dill, sdill@umd.edu.

 

Understanding Sustainable Forestry

ForestUnderstanding Sustainable Forestry

 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Talbot County Community Center, Wye Room

University of Maryland Extension in partnership with the Talbot County Office of Economic Development will host an evening workshop on sustainable forestry at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton.  The presentation will be held on Tuesday, April 29th in the Wye Oak Room and is free to the public.

Forests today are managed using sustainable forestry practices, which include a toolbox of techniques and management decisions to help ensure we retain the forest resource opportunities we have today for the future. This workshop will discuss how our present forests developed and the principles and practices of forest and wildlife ecology that underlie the management practices that are used to ensure a healthy and productive forest ecosystem. The role of landowners, foresters, and loggers in implementing sustainable forestry will be discussed as well as regulations that exist to protect the forest resource for future generations. This is the place to bring your questions about forestry and have them answered.

The workshop is free and open to all.  For more information or to register please call 410-822-1244 or sdill@umd.edu.

Women in Agriculture Conference

The University of Maryland Extension, Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State Extension and Rutgers Cooperative Extension will partner to offer the 13th Annual MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture Regional Conference. The conference will be held on February 20, 2014 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware. The conference goals are to offer women who are involved with agriculture the opportunity to come together to learn about current issues and topics so they can make informed decisions concerning their agribusinesses and family lives. Sessions will cover marketing, food preservation, business planning and much more.

New for 2014, a preconference will also be offered. The preconference will take place on February 19, 2014 from 1-5pm. Participants can choose between two track offerings: Agritourism or Health Insurance Literacy.

The cost of the conference is $45. The cost for the preconference is $30. For more information or to register visit the website www.extension.umd.edu/womeninag or call 410-822-1244. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior.

Beginning Farmer

~A new program to help beginning farmers in Maryland.

The Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success builds on existing Extension resources and partnerships with Future Harvest-CASA and Southern MD Agriculture Development Commission, regional nonprofits, agricultural organizations, and experienced farmers to provide beginning farmers with easily accessible tools and practical experience-based training on farm production, marketing, land management, business planning, and financial resources. The Collaborative features four major components for various levels of background knowledge a beginning farmer may already possess.

Beginning farmers may choose to enter into the Collaborative at any of the four levels.

1. Explore farming options, understand the components of a successful farm operation, and make decisions about what enterprises best fit their interests.
2. Refine participants farm interests, understand the requirements and strategies of different farm enterprises and begin developing plans for assessing resources needed to implement a farm plan.
3. Develop specific farm production and business plans and obtain needed resources to begin a farm enterprise.
4. Implement farm plans, start agricultural enterprises and continue as successful beginning farmers.
Visit the website at www.extension.umd.edu/newfarmer

Farm Management Classes for Women

The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct Annie’s Project during the winter of 2014 at six sites in Maryland. 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 women 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 held at a variety of sites in Maryland. Locations include: Anne Arundel County Extension Office, Annapolis MD, Cecil County Administration Building, Elkton MD, Washington County Extension Office Boonsboro MD, Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury MD, Howard County Extension Office, Ellicot City MD and Baltimore County Ag Center, Cockeysville MD. Classes will begin in January 2014.

The cost of the course including meals and materials is $75. For more information or to register visit the website www.extension.umd.edu/annies-project or call 410-758-0166. Please register by January 10th, space is limited. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior.

Annie’s Project has been approved for FSA Borrower Training. For more information, please contact your FSA loan officer.

Extension Program Aims to Empower Americans to Make Smart Choice About Health Insurance

Sweeping health care reform legislation means hundreds of millions of Americans will soon have more options than ever before when it comes to health insurance. Yet research shows the vast majority of people in this country are uncomfortable, overwhelmed and intimidated when it comes to making decisions about health insurance coverage.

That’s why a team of experts from across the nation, led by the University of Maryland Extension developed Smart Choice Health Insurance – a comprehensive, research-based, unbiased curriculum designed to equip people with the tools they need to make the best decision possible for their families when choosing health insurance.

Participants will learn how to analyze what they need and want from health care providers, compare plans, calculate how health insurance will affect their financial budgets, and ultimately, apply the information and knowledge gained to make a smart choice.

For more information on Smart Choice, visit www.extension.umd.edu/insure. Local workshops are scheduled on the mid shore and open to all interested in health insurance education. Registration is required and will accept the first 30 people in each session. The cost for the workshop is $5 and includes all materials and light refreshments. To register please contact sdill@umd.edu or call 410-822-1244.

Queen Anne’s County
December 2nd
6pm – 8pm
104 Tilghman Ave, Centreville, MD 21617-1237

Talbot County
December 5th
1-3pm
Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton MD 21601

Caroline County
December 5th
5pm – 7pm
Choptank Electric, Denton District Building, 24820 Meeting House Road, Denton, MD ‎

This press release was developed by Sara Gavin, Coordinator, Communications, Office of External Relations, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in consultation with the University of Maryland Extension Health Insurance Literacy Team.

November UME Workshops

Don’t miss out on these GREAT November Events! Nov. 6th the estate planning workshop will offer a unique program with a panel of experts including an attorney and CPA to answer your questions. November 7th is a greenhouse conference that will provide production information and offer pesticide and NM credits!

NOVEMBER SUMMARY
November 6 – Farm Estate Planning Workshop
November 7 – Greenhouse Conference
November 8 – Poultry Farm Management for New & Existing Growers
November 8 and 9 – 2013 Small Farm Conference, UMES
November 13 – Private Pesticide license Review, Cecil County
November 14 – Ag Leasing/ Ag Mitigation Workshop Cecil County or December 3 – Chesapeake College
November 19 – Food For Profit, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills

 

November 6
Farm Estate Planning Workshop
Cost: $10 per person and includes lunch and materials
Date: Wednesday, November 6th
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Program
Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD
Higher Education Center Room 110

To register go to http://farmestateplanningworkshop.eventbrite.com/

For further information contact 410-758-0166 or email jrhodes@umd.edu
November 7
Greenhouse conference
You’ve worked hard to build your assets—your farm, home, personal property— and to provide a level of financial security for your loved ones. Doesn’t it make sense to work just as hard to protect them in the event something should happen to you?

Come learn how to start that all important line of communication, with resources that will help you along the way. A highlight of this workshop will include an in-depth panel discussion on “best practices” to preserve your life’s holdings, ensure their efficient transfer to your beneficiaries and meet family objectives. Attendees will learn: Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorneys – What they do- and don’t do; When to update?, How to protect your assets from death taxes and nursing home care costs, Your options for paying for home care and assisted living care, Keeping the peace: Ideas for reducing conflict among family members, What is new with the IRS- reducing tax liability, Special issues unique to farmland and farming businesses, What you can start doing now to prepare for the possibility of your death or disability. Speakers include University of Maryland Extension, a Certified Public Account (CPA) and a Lawyer that specializes in farm estate planning here locally and a Lawyer specializing in agriculture law.
A Greenhouse Production Conference has been scheduled for anyone interested in starting a greenhouse to experienced greenhouse operators. The conference is ssponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association.

The workshop will be held on Thursday November 7th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Chesapeake College Higher Education Center EC110. Topics will include: Business Strategies, Calibrating Your Fertilizer Injector, Greenhouse Diseases, Biological and Chemical Control Aphids and Thrips, Fertility, Combo Baskets, Vegetable Transplants, Organic Transplants and other new crops.

These sessions will be taught by University specialists, educators, scouts and experts from the field. Maryland Pesticide and Nutrient Management
Credits will be available at this conference. Registration fee $25 per person. This fee includes the workshop materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
For more information or to register contact the Talbot County Extension Office at 410-822-1244 or sdill@umd.edu. Registration is due by November 1st and can be done online at www.greenhouseconference.eventbrite.com

 
November 8
Poultry Farm Management for New & Existing Growers
The University of Maryland Extension has created a one-day workshop for new and existing poultry farmers on Delmarva focusing on poultry farm management. With today’s environment it is important to learn about the many aspects of poultry farm management.
The topics that will be addressed are farm management, site management and maintenance, best management practices, mortality, manure handling, litter management, windbreaks/vegetative environmental buffers, financial/recordkeeping, concentrated animal feeding operation regulations, nutrient management, comprehensive nutrient management plans, inspections and emergency preparedness. We will also share all the information in a binder to take back to the farm for future reference. Certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant.
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Wicomico Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801
Time: 8:00 am to 3:30pm.
To register: https://poultryfarmmanagement.eventbrite.com Or call Sheila Shorter at 410-758-0166
This workshop is open to all. If you need special assistance, please register two weeks before the date. Registration cost of $30 includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Please register by Nov. 4, 2013. For more information, call or email Jenny Rhodes, jrhodes@umd.edu, 410-758-0166 or Jon Moyle, jmoyle@umd.edu, 410-742-1178.

 

 

November 8 and 9
2013 Small Farm Conference – University of Maryland Eastern Shore,
Princess Anne MD

 
November 13th 5pm – 6:30 pm
Private Pesticide license Review
Cecil County Administrative Building, Suite 1500, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921
No Fee
Registration required: 410-996-5280 ask for Patty or Doris
November 14th 9 am – 3 pm
Ag Leasing/ Ag Mitigation Workshop
Cecil County Administration Building, Elk Room, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921
Ag Leasing & Right to Farm Workshops

Farm lease agreements are an important and common topic among farmers and landowners. As Maryland urbanizes, farmland becomes more competitive and land transfers to the next generation there is an increasing need for resources and materials regarding written lease agreements and Maryland’s real property law.

This workshop will provide considerations for written leases, agriculture law information, property rights and sample leasing documents.

Registration fee $10 per person. This fee includes the workshop materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

 

 

November 14 – Cecil County Extension Office, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton,
MD Elk Room
8:30 a.m. Registration 9 a.m. – 3p.m.

December 3 – Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD Higher Education Center,
Room 110
8:30 a.m. Registration 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Register online at www.agleasingworkshop.eventbrite.com
For more information or to register contact the Cecil County Extension 410-996-5280 or Queen Anne’s County Extension at 410-758-0166
Registration is due Nov 8th for the Cecil County workshop and November 28th for the Chesapeake College workshop

 
November 19
Food For Profit
Chesapeake College, Wye Mills
Do you. . . make a specialty food item that friends and family often request? Have additional produce from your garden that could be made into a value- added food product? Envision marketing your family recipes? Desire to generate more household income? Dream of owning a food business? If so, Food for Profit will help you put all the pieces together for your food business!
More information or to register contact sdill@umd.edu or call 410-822-1244.

 
November 19-21
MidAtlantic Crop School
Ocean City, MD
www.mdcrops.umd.edu
Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification. November 19, 2013. Snow Hill Lions Club. 6-8pm Pesticide Recert. 410-632-1972. Followed by Nutrient Voucher

Ag Leasing & Right to Farm Workshops

Farm lease agreements are an important and common topic among farmers and landowners. As Maryland urbanizes, farmland becomes more competitive and land transfers to the next generation there is an increasing need for resources and materials regarding written lease agreements and Maryland’s real property law.

This workshop will provide considerations for written leases, agriculture law information, property rights and sample leasing documents.

Registration fee $10 per person. This fee includes the workshop materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

November 14 – Cecil County Extension Office, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD Elk Room
8:30 a.m. Registration 9 a.m. – 3p.m.

December 3 – Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD Higher Education Center, Room 110
8:30 a.m. Registration 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register online at www.agleasingworkshop.eventbrite.com
For more information or to register contact the Cecil County Extension 410-996-5280 or Queen Anne’s County Extension at 410-758-0166
Registration is due Nov 8th for the Cecil County workshop and November 28th for the Chesapeake College workshop

The conference is open to anyone. If you have any special needs for the conference please contact the Extension Office.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Farm Estate Planning Workshop

You’ve worked hard to build your assets—your farm, home, personal property—and to provide a level of financial security for your loved ones. Doesn’t it make sense to work just as hard to protect them in the event something should happen to you?

Come learn how to start that all important line of communication, with resources that will help you along the way. A highlight of this workshop will include an in-depth panel discussion on “best practices” to preserve your life’s holdings, ensure their efficient transfer to your beneficiaries and meet family objectives. Attendees will learn: Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorneys – What they do- and don’t do; When to update?, How to protect your assets from death taxes and nursing home care costs, Your options for paying for home care and assisted living care, Keeping the peace: Ideas for reducing conflict among family members, What is new with the IRS- reducing tax liability, Special issues unique to farmland and farming businesses, What you can start doing now to prepare for the possibility of your death or disability. Speakers include University of Maryland Extension, a Certified Public Account (CPA) and a Lawyer that specializes in farm estate planning here locally and a Lawyer specializing in agriculture law.

The workshops are targeted to farmers and owners of farm and other rural land. Individuals involved in farm estate planning, other businesses serving farmers, and state and local governments would also find this workshop helpful.

Cost: $10 per person and includes lunch and materials
Date: Wednesday, November 6th
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Program
Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD
Higher Education Center Room 110

To register go to http://farmestateplanningworkshop.eventbrite.com/

For further information contact 410-758-0166 or email jrhodes@umd.edu
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Poultry Farm Management for New & Existing Growers

The University of Maryland Extension has created a one-day workshop for new and existing poultry farmers on Delmarva focusing on poultry farm management. With today’s environment it is important to learn about the many aspects of poultry farm management.

The topics that will be addressed are farm management, site management and maintenance, best management practices, mortality, manure handling, litter management, windbreaks/vegetative environmental buffers, financial/recordkeeping, concentrated animal feeding operation regulations, nutrient management, comprehensive nutrient management plans, inspections and emergency preparedness. We will also share all the information in a binder to take back to the farm for future reference. Certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant.

Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Wicomico Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801

Time: 8:00 am to 3:30pm.

To register: https://poultryfarmmanagement.eventbrite.com Or call Sheila Shorter at 410-758-0531

This workshop is open to all. If you need special assistance, please register two weeks before the date. Registration cost of $30 includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Please register by Nov. 4, 2013. For more information, call or email Jenny Rhodes, jrhodes@umd.edu, 410-758-0166 or Jon Moyle, jmoyle@umd.edu, 410-742-1178.

It is the policy of the University of Maryland, Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension, that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or disability. If you need special assistance to participate in the program, please contact Shelia Oscar at the Lower Shore Education and Research Center 410-742-1178.