Women in Ag Webinars 2019 Summer Schedule

Webinars are the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST

Cost is FREE

To participate go to: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

6/12/19: Emotional Well-Being: Warning Signs and Resources
Farmers experience a wide range of emotional stress that can affect both the individual and their family. This session will share warning signs and resources available to deal with emotional stress. Some topics covered include financial stress, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.

6/26/19: Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket
This session will cover raising backyard poultry for egg production and sales. Topics covered includes basic nutrition and problems encountered with laying hens. We will also talk about handling eggs and what to do if someone wants to sell them.

7/10/19: Water and Water Reuse in Agriculture
Water is so important on the farm – but not all water sources are the same. This webinar will go over recent research on water quality differences between river, pond, and recycled water as well as explaining how recycled water could be a reliable alternative for irrigation water. We will also provide information on new publications and multimedia materials related to recycled water in agriculture.

7/24/19: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM), is a broad-based approach to keeping pest populations below economic injury level. This webinar will review basic IPM principles, control tactics, and how to diagnose problems.

8/14/19: Farm Liability Insurance and Farm Business Structures: How They Can Work Together to Protect You and Your Farming Business
Bewildered by the many types of farm insurance? Confused about the difference between a sole proprietorship, an LLC, a corporation, and a cooperative? Join us as we sort through your options. Nicole Cook, Environmental and Agricultural Faculty Legal Specialist from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will explain the basics of insurance and business structures for your farm, and will zoom in on how farm liability insurance and your choice of business structures for your farm can work together to protect you and your farm.

8/28/19: Boost Your Email Newsletter Open Rates
While some claim they are “dead,” email marketing still has one of the highest engagement rates and returns on investment of any marketing strategy. The success of your email newsletters is dependent upon their open rates. Learn a few simple strategies to increase your chances of someone opening your e-newsletter instead of clicking the dreaded “delete” button.

9/11/19: This Just In. Your Ag-Role for Media Requests
Have you been asked for an interview by a print or broadcast reporter or comment on a local or ag-related issue? How should you prepare? What do you wear? What is the reporter looking for? Embrace this opportunity and control the message and image you provide for your family and farm. We’ll go over techniques on how to optimize your role in the interview and stay focused on your message.

9/25/19: Managing Your Forested Farmland
This webinar will outline how farmers can best profit from and maintain their forested acres. Learn about the Maryland forestry legal framework and how you can benefit from creating a forest conservation plan

Professional Internship in Plant and Soil Diagnostic Services

The Plant Diagnostic Clinic and Soil Testing Program in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware seek an intern to assist with processing of samples, reporting of results and outreach activities of both operations. The programs provide diagnostic and analytical services to commercial growers, landscapers and nurseries, home owners, Cooperative Extension and researchers. This position offers an opportunity to learn about plants, soils, plant and soil health, and plant diseases in Delaware landscape plants, vegetables, and crops.

The Intern will work a maximum of 30 hours per week between the two programs. This is an hourly position offering a competitive rate based on experience / education but no university benefits. The internship is funded for 12 months with possible extension.

Available June 1, 2019

Duties May Include:

Plant Diagnostic Clinic:

  • Receipt of plant and soil samples
  • Entering plant sample information (i.e. plant names common and scientific, client contact info, addresses, dates) into online database system.
  • Laboratory triage, diagnostic techniques, microbiology and testing procedures will be learned.

Soil Testing Program:

  • Receipt and organization of samples
  • Sample preparation and analysis – training will be provided
  • Data entry in the lab
  • Occasional assistance in the program office

Additionally – Opportunities to assist with public outreach including Cooperative Extension events and short course offerings and with fact sheet development and website content will be available for those with interest and/or experience in those areas. Other duties may be required as needed.


  • Basic lab skills,
  • Knowledge of plant biology and names desired,
  • Coursework in Plant, Biological and Soil Sciences as well as Chemistry desired
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office),
  • Good spelling, flexibility, and attention to detail are preferred.

To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to:
Nancy Gregory, UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic, 151 Townsend Hall, ngregory@udel.edu
Karen Gartley, UD Soil Testing Program, 152 Townsend Hall, kgartley@udel.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity
Employment offers will be dependent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html


Do You Need Nutrient Management Credits?

There are new continuing education programs posted on the “Continuing Education Program” page of the University of Delaware Nutrient Management Program website. There are also “Online Continuing Education Programs” available. The Delaware Nutrient Management Continuing Education website is updated with continuing education programs as soon as they become available.

If you have any questions regarding certification sessions, continuing education programs and credits please contact Terra Eby at 302-730-4000 or terra@udel.edu.

Establishing a Meadow, the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Wednesday, June 12, 2019     6:30 p.m.
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE

Master Gardeners Sandi Dew and Judy Pfister will present this workshop. Learn about some of the challenges, successes and failures experienced in establishing the new demonstration meadow in our Demonstration Garden. We will tour our Meadow. The evening will end with the movie Five Seasons, The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. Oudolf is a renowned landscape designer, this film highlights his creative process and the resulting gardens.

Register online or contact Tammy Schirmer, 302-856-7303.


Pest and Beneficial Insect Walk

Wednesday, June 5, 2019     4:00-6:30 pm
Sussex County Extension Office
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE

Learn to identify insect and disease pests, as well as beneficial insects in the landscape at the Sussex County Extension Office. Learn about pests on ash trees, and how to differentiate between common and invasive insects such as borers.

Instructors: Nancy Gregory, Brian Kunkel, and Tracy Wootten

Credits: 2 ISA, 2 Pest., 1 CNP

Cost is $15

Register online or call/email Tracy Wootten (302) 856-7303 or wootten@udel.edu.

Integrated Pest Management Implementation Workshop

Monday, July 8, 2019

Delaware State University, Smyrna Outreach Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, 19977-3440

The workshop will cover:
● Integrated Pest Management Strategies
● Insect and Mites: life cycles, detection methods, monitoring thresholds and control options
● Experience with predatory mites
● Housing pests and control
● Weed management and cover cropping for specialty crop growers

Speakers include;

Lerman Dion Lewis
Penn State Center

David Owens
University of Delaware

Cerruti Hooks
University of Maryland, College Park

Brian Kunkel
University of Delaware

Registration is Open and Free. To register—please contact Rose Ogutu rogutu@desu.edu- Phone number 302-857-6397

New Castle County’s Marl Pit Tailgate Session

Tuesday, June 4, 2019     6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
UD Cooperative Extension Research Demonstration Area
¾ Mile east of Armstrong Corner, on Marl Pit Rd. – Road 429, Middletown

Bring a tailgate or a lawn chair

Join your fellow producers and the UD Extension team for a discussion of this year’s demonstration trials and current production issues. Other topics will include nutrient management, pest management and weed management. This session will inform producers of timely topics observed and occurring in 2019. An overview of ongoing research in New Castle and state-wide will also be included.

We will wrap up with the traditional ice cream treat.

Credits: Nutrient Management (1), Pesticide (1)

The meeting is free and everyone interested in attending is welcome. Mark your calendar and call (302) 831-2506 to register by Friday, May 24. If you have special needs in accessing this program, please call the office two weeks in advance.

Welcome and Introductions
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Overview of Small Grains Variety Trials at Marl Pit
Victor Green, University of Delaware Extension

Weed and Cover Crop Update
Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist

2019 Insect Pest Outlook
David Owens, University of Delaware Extension Entomologist

Each year brings different pest management challenges. Issues from 2018 will be reviewed, and stakeholders advised what to be on the lookout for in 2019. Current projects include cover crops, slug management research, Dectes stem borer, and prophylactic insecticides.

Nutrient Management Update
Amy Shober, University of Delaware Extension Nutrient Management Specialist

Agronomy Update
Jarrod Miller, University of Delaware Extension Agronomy Specialist
Agronomic updates over the last year include cover crop impacts on cash crop stands, tissue tests for critical nutrients, and some research into planting populations for wheat.

Plant Pathology Update
Alyssa Koehler, University of Delaware Plant Pathologist Specialist
Discussion will cover common disease symptoms, growth stages most susceptible to disease, fungicide application methods and associated costs, as well as in season scenarios that may affect fungicide decisions.

Conclusion and Evaluations
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension




DSU Blueberry Field Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2019     8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Delaware State University
Outreach & Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, DE

Dr. Dharma Pitchay, Associate Professor, Tennessee State University
A representative from USDA local office, DE

Open to the public. Commercial and Residential Producers are welcomes to this FREE Event.

Blueberries can be a profitable, specialty crop that commercial and backyard growers can produce successfully. Participants will be guided through the soil and water testing process as well as discuss production aspects of blueberries. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of proper planting and pruning techniques to maximize disease prevention and insect control, thus maximizing plant health and productivity.

Interested participants are requested to bring soil sample (1/2 lb) from their plot where they plant blueberries and water sample (30 ml) they apply during irrigation to test pH.

Class space is limited – registration is required: Register by contacting Lekha Paudel, at 302-857-7796 or email Lnpaudel@desu.edu.

Integrated Pest Management Implementation Workshop

Monday, July 8, 2019
Delaware State University, Smyrna Outreach Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, 19977-3440

The workshop will cover:
● Integrated Pest Management Strategies
● Insect and Mites: life cycles, detection methods, monitoring thresholds and control options
● Experience with predatory mites
● Housing pests and control
● Weed management and cover cropping for specialty crop growers

Pesticide Credits: 6


Dion Lerman Lewis
Penn State Center

David Owen
University of Delaware

Cerruti Hooks
University of Maryland, College Park

Brian Kunkel
University of Delaware

Please register by July 3, 2019.

For more information, to register for this free workshop, or for assistance due to disabilities, contact: Rose Ogutu rogutu@desu.edu- Phone number 302-857-6397


Small and Mid-Size Farm Equipment Sharing Survey

Future Harvest: Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is seeking input from small to mid-scale farms located on the Delmarva Peninsula to gauge interest in — and feasibility of — a Delmarva-based equipment sharing program!

Equipment sharing programs can provide access to tools and equipment that might otherwise be too specialized, too costly, or not needed frequently enough to justify purchase by an individual farm. Other potential benefits of tool sharing include the ability to:

● Try before you buy
● Experiment with new crops
● Improve cover crop performance
● Adopt better soil health management

Please take the survey below by Monday, May 20th to help us determine interest in and feasibility of a tool and equipment sharing program. If access to a pool of shared tools and equipment were available, would you participate?

To take the survey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L75C5M5

Questions? Contact Lisa Garfield at lisa@futureharvestcasa.org