Soil Health Workshop

Thursday February 28, 2019     5:00-8:00 p.m.
New Castle Conservation District Office
2430 Old County Rd Newark, DE 19702


Registration, Welcome & Introductions
Jason Challandes, SARE Educator, Delaware State University

Soil Health Principles
Jayme Arthurs, Resource Conservationist, NRCS

6:05–6:20         Break

Slug Management
Bill Cissel, University of Delaware

The Intersection of Weed Management and Cover Crops
Mark VanGessel, Ph.D., University of Delaware

8:00     Discussion

Light dinner included

CEU’s are pending for this free workshop. Contact Jason Challandes for more information or to register at or (302) 388-2241.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture, 4-H and Home Economics, Delaware State University, University of Delaware and United States Department of Agriculture cooperating, Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, Dean and Administrator. It is the policy of Delaware Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

Herbicide Resistant Weeds Workshops

A series of half-day workshops will be held in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia this winter for farmers interested in learning about the problems of herbicide resistant weeds and how to manage them. Hosted by University of Maryland Extension in collaboration with Virginia Tech and University of Delaware, these workshops are designed to equip farmers with the knowledge to improve weed control on their farms.

Farmers in the mid-Atlantic area are starting to see the impact of herbicide resistant weeds on their crop yields. With many problematic weeds now found throughout the region it is essential that farmers learn the key management strategies to control these weeds.

Sessions will cover integrated weed management tactics; palmer amaranth, common ragweed and marestail control strategies; and developing a weed management plan. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. Pesticide (commercial and private) and CCA continuing education credits will be offered.

Workshop locations and times are listed below. Please RSVP to the respective meeting location to provide an accurate meal count.

February 25th (12 pm to 5 pm) Old Beale Sanctuary, 369 Queen Street,Tappahannock, VA 22560
To register call the Essex County Extension Office: at (804) 443-3551

February 26th (8 am to 1 pm) St. Mary’s County UME Office, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To register call the St. Mary’s County UME Office at 301-475- 4484

March 4th (8 am to 1 pm) Harrington Volunteer Fire Company, 20 Clark St, Harrington, DE 19952. To register call the UD Carvel REC, at 302-856-2585 (ext 540)

March 5th (8 am to 1 pm) Somerset Extension Office, 30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne, MD 21853. To register call the Somerset County Extension Office at 410- 651-1350

March 6th (8  am to 1 pm) Frederick County UME Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 20712. To register, call the Frederick County UME Office at 301-600- 3576

March 7th (8 am to 1 pm) Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Maple Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620. To register call the Kent County UME Office at 410-778- 1661

For more information contact Ben Beale at 301-475-4481, Michael Flessner at 540-315-2954, Matt Morris at 301-600-3578 or Mark VanGessel at 302-856-7303.

Risk Management Workshop – Crop Insurance

February 28, 2019     8:30 a.m.–Noon
University of Delaware Paradee Center
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE

The 2018 crop year was one of notable volatility for ag community. Throughout the year, market prices fell while input costs rose, disrupting cash flow for farmers.

On the Delmarva Peninsula, wet weather in the spring gave way to patches of drought in the summer, leading into more wet weather come harvest time.

For friends, family, and business partners across the country, natural disasters swept through, flooded, and literally burned precious farmland. And yet, for farmers, it was nothing they had not seen before.

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to review your operation’s approach to the foreseeable, and unforeseeable, risks coming in the growing season. Was your risk management strategy strong enough to protect your operation in 2018? Will it be enough for 2019? Deadlines for crop insur­ance policies are coming up (January 31 for potatoes in Delaware, February 15 for green peas, March 15 for all other spring planted crops), should you change your policy? Get more coverage? Go for Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) to provide a safety net for your entire operation?

This informative workshop, featuring Don Clifton of Farmers First Services, will focus on the actual risks facing the farmers in the upcoming crop year and how best to plan for them. Topics included, but not limited to, the following:

Tailoring Your Crop Yield/Revenue Insurance to Your Actual Risk Exposure

Why Irrigated Producers Still Buy Revenue Protection

Using a Combination of Insurance Tools to Enhance Coverage

Registration for the event is not required, but strongly recommended. To register, please email, or call 302-242-8806.

Chore-Time Controller Workshops

Wednesday, February 20, 2019     1:00-4:00 p.m.
University of Delaware Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947
Registration (Free):

Thursday, February 21, 2019     1:00-4:00 p.m.
Caroline-Dorchester County Fairgrounds’ 4-H Park
8230 Detour Road
Denton, MD 21629
Registration (Free):

Controllers enable poultry farmers to raise their flocks under the best conditions possible while reducing operating expenses and increasing efficiency.  These Workshops put on by the University of Maryland Extension, along with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., will provide information to help you more effectively use your controller, whether you are a new grower or an existing grower. Contact Jon Moyle at, 410-742-1178, Jenny Rhodes at, 410-310-0103, or Georgie Cartanza,, 302-856-7303, with questions. Seating will be limited.

On-Farm Entrepreneurs Food Safety Training

February 26 & 28, 2019 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(must attend both sessions)
Kent County Cooperative Extension Office
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901

This training meets Delaware Department of Agriculture food safety training requirements for Delaware farmers wanting to sell non-potentially hazardous foods produced in an on-farm kitchen. These items can be sold on their farm, at a roadside stand or a farmer’s market.

Examples of these foods are:
• Baked goods
• Jams, jellies and preserves
• Fruit pies
• Honey and herb mixtures
• Roasted nuts
• Snack items – popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle

You must attend both the February 26th and February 28th session.

Cost: $50.00 (cash or check payable to the University of Delaware)

To register, please call Jan Unflat: (302) 730-4000 and mail registration form and payment. Registration deadline February 21st.

Maryland IPM Scout Training: Emphasis on Greenhouse and Herbaceous Plants

March 4 – 8, 2019
Gary J. Arthur Community Center
2400 MD-97, Cooksville, MD

The purpose of this event is to train professional horticulturists in the science and business of conducting an IPM program. We want to train highly motivated people to become professional IPM scouts for the horticulture industry in Maryland.

Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Additional program information and registration is available at:

Mental Health First Aid Kit Training

The Mental Health First Aid training is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common ways to help and find support. This 8-hour program teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use and others. The course uses interactive educational methods to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and will help you connect to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. A light lunch will be served.

February 4     8 am to 4 pm
Rollins Community Center in Lewes, DE

March 8     8 am to 4 pm
Delaware Department of Agriculture, Dover DE

April 8     8 am to 4 pm
New Castle County Extension office, Newark DE

Cost: Free – Underwritten by Sustainable Coastal Communities and UD Cooperative Extension

Register by going to: or by clicking here or contact Maria Pippidis at

Delaware Beginning Farmer Program

Begins January 30, 2019
New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office
461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716

The Delaware Beginning Farmer Program is for new and beginner farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production. Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self–study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other invited agriculture industry professionals.

Cost: $50

Registration and additional information can be found here:

Protecting Your Farm from Legal Risks for ME, NH, VT and DE, MD

Online Module and Video Discussions with Experts

Know the Law, Protect Your Farm!

Join from your kitchen table!

Learn and review:
• employment law
• creating leases
• farm financing
• farm insurance
• business structures to protect personal and business assets
• agritourism and value-added regulations

This on-line program allows you to go back to the material at any time. Interactive exercises apply directly to your farm.

Expert lawyers include Rachel Armstrong, Founder and Executive Director at Farm Commons, and Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist at the University of Maryland.

On-line Module Opening (self-paced):
January 28, 2019

Three Video Discussions with Experts:
February 7, February 21, and March 7, 2019

10:30 am to noon (NH, VT, and Maine)

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Maryland and Delaware)

Register at:

For more information contact Seth Wilner at 603-863-9200 or