Delaware Agriculture Week

Monday, January 14 – Thursday, January 17, 2019

Delaware Agriculture Week will be held in Harrington at the Delaware State Fairgrounds from January 14-17, 2019. Delaware “Ag Week” is in its 14th year and is an ongoing collaboration between University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Delaware Ag Week provides useful and timely information to the agricultural community and industry through educational meetings and events. In addition, it is a great time for networking and fellowship with old and new acquaintances.

The associated trade show will take place in the Dover Building from Monday afternoon, January 14 to Thursday January 17.

Delaware and Maryland pesticide and nutrient management credits and CCA credits will be available.

Tentative Session Schedule

Monday, Jan. 14

Tuesday, Jan. 15
General Vegetables
Fresh Market Vegetables
Hay and Pasture
Small Ruminant
Agronomy Evening

Wednesday, Jan. 16
Processing Vegetables
Vegetables – Special
Precision Ag/Irrigation
Risk Management
Small Flock Poultry
Soil Health

Thursday, Jan. 17
Urban Farm and Food

Delaware Equine Council Presents: New Horse Owner Seminar

Saturday, November 3, 2018     8:30-4:00
Kent County Extension Office
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE

Seminar specially organized for the new horse owner or those considering buying a horse. What you need for your horse’s care, what you need to know. No sales, just lots of good information. Light lunch will be provided to participants.

8:30 to 9:00 Registration

9:00 to 9:15 Introduction by Ken Horeis, Vice President, Delaware Equine Council

9:15 to 10:00 – What you need to know about proper hoof care (no hoof, no horse)

10:15 to 11:00 – Horse Care and Health Issues – All Creatures Veterinary Service (vaccinations, First Aid basics, temperature, respiratory, pulse)

11:15 to 12:00 – Pasture Management and Maintenance – Susan Truehart Garey, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

12:00 to 1:00- Lunch and visiting with the speakers

1:00 to 1:45 – Nutrient Management – Brooke Walls, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Section

2:00 to 2:45 – Horse Trailer Maintenance and Safety – Ronnie Lloyd, Delwood Trailer Sales

3:00 to 3:45 – Basic Equine Nutrition – Ken Horeis

Pre-registration is required. $10 for adults, $5 for youth under 18. To register for this event, contact Ken Horeis at or 302-270-2648.

18th Annual MidAtlantic Women in Ag Conference

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Dover, Delaware

Women across the region coming together to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER.

The conference goals are to provide women involved in agriculture an 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 topics in marketing, financial, production and legal.

Back by popular demand we will offer a preconference, February 12, 2019 with the option of two topics TBA soon.

Location: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Dover, Delaware (room rates available). Details will be added soon at

For further information, contact: Shannon Dill at or (410) 822-1244

Future Harvest CASA’s Growing our Future Harvest: 20th Anniversary Conference

College Park Marriott
College Park, Maryland!

Join us for an extra-special three days of deep-dive workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and farmer and foodpreneur learning and networking! Further highlights include:

  • Farming luminaries Karen Washington of Rise and Root Farm; Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk, authors of Start Your Farm; and Dr. Ray Weil, Soil Health Expert and UMD Professor of Soil Science
  • A full day of how-to farming and food pre-conference intensives, redesigned this year for more in-depth, hands-on learning, including from Meredith Leigh, charcuterie expert!
  • Two conference days for advanced and beginning farmers, foodpreneurs, and educators
  • Delicious farm-to-table meals
  • This once-a-year networking opportunity for Farmer-to-Farmer Chats, Seed Swap, Tradeshow, the Foodshed Photo Contest, Taste of the Chesapeake local food fair, and the Farmer of the Foodshed Awards!

Additional information at:

Interested in sponsoring the conference or becoming an exhibitor? Learn more about sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities here or contact Agatha Grimsley, Conference Manager, at

Ornamentals and Turf Workshop

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Hockessin Memorial Hall
Hockessin, DE

Registration Open Soon at

$45 – DNLA Members
$60 – Non-members
$55 – after Nov. 5, DNLA Members
$70 – after Nov. 5, Non-members

8:30 – 9:00       Registration

9:00 – 9:45       Buzz Sod – What’s That?
Dr. Erik Ervin, Chair PLSC UD
Learn about this new wildflower sod with a cool season grass backbone.

9:45 – 10:00     Break

10:00 – 10:50   Stressful Times for Turf
Dr. Erik Ervin, Chair PLSC UD
Troubleshooting the pitfalls of turfgrass management in an environmentally challenging year

10:50 – 11:40   The Secret Ingredients to Healthy Turfgrass
Mark Highland, Organic Mechanic Soil Company
Exploration of compost and biochar products ideal for turfgrass establishment and overall turf health

11:40 – 12:10   Perceptions of Ecologically Sustainable Landscaping
Ash Gillis, PSU
I will discuss a current research project on encouraging homeowners to adopt ecologically sustainable residential landscaping. Additionally, I will present our results on the topic of public perceptions of sustainable landscaping practices.

12:10 – 1:00     Lunch

1:00 – 1:50       Glyphosate: Current Issues and Available Alternatives
Dr. Jeffrey Derr, VA Tech
This talk will discuss the current health controversy over glyphosate use, development of weed resistance to this herbicide, and the available alternatives to its use.

1:50 – 2:00       Break

2:00 – 2:50       Sedge Species and their Management in Turf and Ornamentals
Dr. Jeffrey Derr, VA Tech
This talk will discuss the biology and spread of annual and perennial sedge species, including yellow nutsedge and kyllinga. Ways to control them in lawns and in nursery crops will be discussed.

2:50 – 3:10       Promoting your Business with Social Media
Michele Walfred, Tracy Wootten, Univ. of Delaware


Women In Ag Equine Series

November 8, 13 & 15     6:00-9:00 pm
UD Paradee Center
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE

Calling all women involved in equine businesses! The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, is hosting a Women In Ag Equine Business focused series of programs in November 2018. The supper series is open to both women and men but the primary target is female equine business operators.

The program series blends friendly discussion and the opportunity for networking over dinner with presentations by guest speakers. The information presented is designed to help equine operators to strengthen their skills to manage risk and promote farm and business growth. Topics covered will include:

  • Who is in Business with You? Understanding Business Structures
  • What Color Are You? Learn How Different Color Personalities Can Work Well Together
  • An Introduction to Business Plans
  • What is a Lender Looking for?
  • Understanding Credit and Credit Reports
  • Farm and Equine Insurance
  • The Value of Social Media for an Equine Business
  • Building Your Social Media Presence
  • Opportunity for an additional Hands-on Computer Session on Quick Books – date and location to be determined based on interest.

Past program participants said that as a result of their participation, 80% would implement change to their current business structure, 70% would change their insurance policy, 100% would use the resource materials from the program and 90% showed interest in follow up or advanced business management training.

The cost for the 3-evening series is $60.00 and includes meals and all resource materials. Pre-registration is required for materials and meal planning purposes. Register online at

Please contact Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or Tracy Wootten or (302) 236-0298 for questions or if you have special needs in accessing this program. We hope you can join

Delmarva Soil Summit

Thursday November 1, 2018
UMES, Princess Anne, MD

For Farmers, Service Providers, And Soil Health Enthusiasts: A full day of learning from farmers and other experts about latest innovations in soil health and fertility

Expert Speakers

● Soil Health guru Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit
● Delmarva Soils, James Brewer, Natural Resources Conservation Service
● Carbon Sequestration Research with Dr. Emmanuel Omondi, Rodale Institute
● Delmarva Farmer Panel: Implementing Best Soil Health Practices
● Dr. Arthur Allen, UMES Soil Science Research and Programs

In-Depth Afternoon Breakouts
● In-Depth Soil Test Analysis with Bill McKibben, Head Agronomist at Logan Labs
● Planting Green with Adam Snyder of Harborview Farm
● Air-Seeder Presentation with Sussex Conservation District
● Soil Health Tools with University of Maryland Extension Specialists Nevin Dawson and Dr. Sara Via
● Mushrooms and Microbes with Mark Jones, Sharondale Farm

Networking Specials:
Open Farmer-to-Farmer Notice Board ● Nutrient Management Credits ● Soil & Ag Service Tradeshow ● Extended Speaker Q&A ● Networking Opportunities

Learn More and Sign Up:

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities:
Niamh Shortt,

Small Ruminant Field Day

Saturday, October 20, 2018
DSU Hickory Hill Farm
2065 Seven Hickories Rd.
Dover, DE 19904

Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Infectious Disease in Sheep and Goats

– Biosecurity
– Vaccinations
– Zoonotic Diseases
– Infectious Diseases

Presented jointly by Delaware State University and University of Delaware

Registration: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Program: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

$15 per person / Lunch included

Register using the link below by October 15, 2018:



For more information, to register, or for assistance due to disabilities, contact:

Kwame Matthews, Ph.D.
Small Ruminant Program
Cooperative Extension
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901

Daniel Severson
Agriculture and Natural Resources
New Castle County Extension
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716

Susan Garey
Animal Science
Kent County Extension
University of Delaware
69 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE 19901

Annie’s Project: Women Managing Commercial Poultry

October 16, 23, 30, and November 5, 13, 27
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947


Course Fee: $75.00 per person which includes dinner and all course materials.

There is an additional $100.00 fee for FSA Borrower Training attendees.

Annie’s project is designed to empower women in agriculture to manage information and learn about agriculture in a relaxed local network. The target audience is women with a passion for agriculture.

Project Topics cover the five areas of Risk Management: Production, Market, Financial, Legal Risk, and Human Resources. This workshop will incorporate the values of Annie’s Project and focus them to those who are interested in expanding their knowledge of managing commercial poultry production.

Delaware Nutrient Management Continuing Educational Credits offered for some sessions.

For registration information contact Jenny Rhodes 410-758-0166 or Tracy Wootten 302.856.7303 ext. 538, or go to