Food Safety Modernization Act – Produce Safety Rule: Delaware Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Who should attend: Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor from the farm must complete food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA’.

March 3, 2018    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Delaware Department of Agriculture, Dover, DE

Cost:  The Delaware Department of Agriculture will cover the cost of attending.

Registration:  You may register on-line now.  You may also register by e-mailing the contacts below or calling UD Cooperative Extension’s Georgetown Office at 302-856-7303 and asking for Karen Adams.

Lunch and breaks will be provided.

 

March 22, 2018    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UD Carvel Center, Georgetown, DE

Cost:  The Delaware Department of Agriculture will cover the cost of attending.

Registration:  You may register on-line now. You may also register by e-mailing the contacts below or calling UD Cooperative Extension’s Georgetown Office at 302-856-7303 and asking for Karen Adams.

Lunch and breaks will be provided.

 

For more information please contact Anna Wicks at Anna.Wicks@state.de.us or Gordon Johnson at gcjohn@udel.edu

Annie’s Project Farm Management Class for Women

Annie’s Project courses have been announced for 2018! Annie’s Project is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. Annie’s Project provides a relaxed, fun, dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other women in agriculture. The target audience is women in agriculture with a passion for business and involvement in the farm operation.

MidShore Maryland
6 sessions, 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 21, 2018 – March 28, 2018
Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center
512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD

Central Maryland
6 sessions, 5:30pm-8:30pm
April 3, 2018 – May 8, 2018
Location: Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157

Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-annies-project-tickets-39289429742

The cost of the course including meals and materials is $75. For the class agenda or more information visit www.extension.umd.edu/annies-project, email Shannon Dill at sdill@umd.edu or call Talbot County Extension Office at 410-822-1244. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior. The program is open to all and is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and Delaware Cooperative Extension.

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

EPA WPS Update and Approved Train-The-Trainer Course

Friday, March 9, 2018     8:30-10:30 a.m.
University of Delaware Paradee Center
69 Transportation Cir, Dover, DE 19901

Date and time to be announced
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE 19947

Trainers who provide WPS training must either be a certified applicator or complete an EPA approved Train-The-Trainer Course. A course that provides an update on the WPS and also qualifies as an EPA approved Trainer-The-Trainer course will be offered by the University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program (DE-PSEP) at the Kent County Extension Office at the Paradee Center on March 9, 2018. An additional program will be scheduled in March at the Carvel Center in Georgetown. For additional details or to register for the program contact Kerry Richards via email at kerryr@udel.edu or by calling (814) 880–0013.

A table which provides examples of what type of WPS training is required (Worker or Handler) can be found on-line at http://pesticideresources.org/wps/hosted/training-table.pdf

Profiting from a Few Acre$ Small Farms Conference

Tuesday, March 6, 2018     8:30 am – 4:30 pm
MLK Student Center
Delaware State University
Dover, DE

Fine-tuning your management strategies to build successful agricultural enterprises.

Keynote Speaker: Sheri Salatin, Polyface Farms, Swoope, VA

Topics include:
• Aquaculture
• Cover Crops
• Direct/Retail Marketing
• Disaster Prep in Ag
• Small Ruminants
• Soil Health
• Specialty Poultry

Register now by mail!
$25/participant, $50/vendor
Send check or money order to:
Delaware State University Cooperative Extension
c/o Ms. April Chen
131 US Washington Bldg.
Dover, DE 19901

For more information and for assistance due to disabilities, contact:

Andy Wetherill, Conference Coordinator: (302) 857-6491; awetherill@desu.edu

John Clendaniel, Ag & Natural Resources Program Leader: (302) 857-6425; jclendaniel@desu.edu

Sponsored by Delaware State University Cooperative Extension

Organic Production Meeting: Grain, Dairy, Vegetables & Poultry

Friday, March 9th     8:30 am-2:30 pm
Chesapeake College
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center
Wye Mills, MD

Topics Include:

  • Panel Discussion – Next Generation of Organic Farmers – Dairy, Grain, Poultry, & Vegetables
  • Panel Discussion – Latest Research from Local Scientists – Farmers research needs
  • How Useful Are Biostimulents in Organic Vegetable Systems
  • Can Living Mulches Be Deployed Into Conservation Tillage Systems to Support the Fight Against Weeds?
  • Growing Organic Poultry
  • Managing Nutrients in Organic Systems for Long-Term Sustainability
  • Organics 101-What is the Certification Process and much more
  • Effects of Cover Crops on Water and Nutrient Dynamics

PDF of Detailed Agenda

Cost of registration is $10. Register online at: www.organicproductionmtg.eventbrite.com

2018 Insect Pest & Weed Management in Grain Crops

Tuesday, February 13, 2018     6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

UD Kent County Ext. Office (Paradee Bldg.)
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE

This session will include a review of new and re-emerging pests in grain crops. Topics include problem insect pests and weeds encountered in 2017 and new pests to watch for in 2018. Current research and demonstration projects will be discussed. UD speakers include Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent; David Owens, Extension Entomologist; and Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Science Specialist.

A light dinner will be served. DE pesticide credits available.

To register please call (302) 730-4000 or email jmunflat@udel.edu by February 9.

Herbicide Resistant Weed Workshop

Topics:
• Overview of weed resistance challenges
• Focusing on palmer amaranth, common ragweed, marestail and others!
• Integrated management strategies
• Current research findings from area research trials

Speakers:
Dr. Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech
Dr. Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware
Ben Beale, UME St. Mary’s Co.
Matt Morris, UME Frederick Co.
MD and DE Pesticide and CCA credits will be offered for this workshop!

For More Information Contact:
Ben Beale at 301-475-4481 or Matt Morris at 301-600-3578

This event is FREE and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at one of the phone numbers below to provide an accurate meal count. 

Five Locations:

Hebron, Maryland
February 15, 2018     1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Rockawalkin Community Hall
6772 Rockawalkin Rd, Hebron, MD 21830.
To register, call the Wicomico County Extension Office: (410) 749-6141

Chestertown, Maryland
February 16, 2018     8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company
211 Maple Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620
To register, call the Kent County UME Office at 410-778-1661

Leonardtown, Maryland
February 22, 2018     12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
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

Harrington, Delaware
February 22, 2018     8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Harrington Volunteer Fire Company
20 Clark St, Harrington, DE 19952.
To register, call UD Carvel Center, Cooperative Extension Office at 302-856-7303

Frederick, Maryland
February 23, 2018     8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Frederick County UME Office
330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 20712.
To register, call the Frederick County UME Office at 301-600- 3576

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against any one 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.

“From the Ground Up” Community & School Garden Event

Saturday, February 24, 2018     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Delaware

Are you a school or community looking to create a new garden or enhance an existing garden? If so, don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from and interact with Cooperative Extension experts, industry leaders and garden enthusiasts as we present essential best practices for creating and maintaining a successful community garden for your school, town or organization!

Details here.

For more information email Tammy Schirmer at tammys@udel.edu or call 302-858-2585 ext 544.

February & March 2018 Nutrient Management Certification Sessions

If you apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of land or have 8 or more animal units (an animal unit is equal to 1000 lbs of live weight) you need to be certified through the Nutrient Management Program.

The following is a brief summary of your certification needs:

  • Sessions should be taken in order. For example, you should attend Session I before attending Session II. 
  • Poultry growers that do not land-apply nutrients (manure or fertilizer) will need to attend Session I and Session II.
  • Grain, forage or vegetable producers that apply nutrients to crops will need to attend Session I, Session II and Session III.
  • Golf course personnel that apply nutrients only to their employer’s course need to attend Session I, Session II and Session III.
  • Lawn care company personnel that apply nutrients to clients lawns need to attend Session I, Session II, Session III and Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler
  • Livestock owners (cattle, horses and sheep) who do not land apply manure need to attend Session I and Session II

 

The University of Delaware will offer the following Nutrient Management certification sessions.

Session I Location
 

February 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

February 28, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session II Location
 

March 7, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 7, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session III Location
 

March 14, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 14, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler Location
 

March 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session IV: Nutrient Consultant Location
 

March 21, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Commercial Nutrient Handler Exam Location
 

February 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Nutrient Consultant Exam Location
 

February 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

You will NOT be able receive continuing education credits by attending these sessions.

To register for the sessions contact the Kent County Cooperative Extension Office at 302-730-4000.

 

Additional dates for later in 2018 are listed at: http://extension.udel.edu/ag/nutrient-management/delaware-nutrient-management-certification-sessions/

Grain Marketing Update

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Carvel Research and Education Center
Georgetown, DE

A grain marketing update held by the University of Maryland in Wye Mills will be broadcast live at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, Delaware. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with the first speaker at 8:15. Topics will include the Local Grain Outlook (Rob Davis, Nagel’s Farm Service), Tax Considerations for Your Grain Farm (Henry Leonard), Crop Insurance and Farm Bill Update (Howard Leathers, Paul Goeringer, UMD) and the 2017 Market Outlook (Kevin McNew, Grain Hedge).

If you plan on attending, please register by calling the Carvel Research Education Center (302-856-2585 ext 540) or email Karen Adams (adams@udel.edu).

If you would like to attend in person in Maryland, the cost is $10 and it will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. Please Register by January 15 by calling 410-822-1244 or email sdill@umd.edu