2017 Advanced Pest Management Conference

Friday, December 15, 2017   7:30 am-4:45 pm
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

See brochure for information on recertification credits and agenda: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/ipmnet/17Dec15C.pdf. Use the brochure to pay by check. Online registration with credit card at: http://2017dec15pestmngt.eventbrite.com/

For questions or more information, contact Suzanne Klick at sklick@umd.edu or (301) 596-9413. Lunch not guaranteed after December 6th. No refunds after December 13, 2017.

Turf Nutrient Management Conference

Thursday, December 7, 2017   8:00 am–1:00 pm
Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157

This program will cover recertification (3 credits) for Maryland turf nutrient management applicators. It is a half day program. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lunch not guaranteed after November 30, 2017.

Due to room capacity, space is limited to 160 people on a first come basis.

For detailed agenda go to: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/ipmnet/17Dec07C.pdf

For online registration with credit card: http://17dec07turfnm.eventbrite.com/

Register for Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School Today!

Jarrod O. Miller, Extension Agronomist, jarrod@udel.edu

Registration for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School is starting to fill up! Registration is currently $285 and will increase to $325 on October 30th. To register, please follow this link https://go.umd.edu/crop17registration.

The Princess Royale is currently holding a block of rooms for the event, but the discounted rate ends Friday, October, 20th! Contact the hotel directly at 1-800-4-ROYALE or 410-524-7777 to make your reservation & receive the group rates listed below. Identify yourself as part of Group ID # 4020 or the Crop Management School. Reservations made after Friday, October 20 may not be offered at the group rates listed below and rooms will be subject to availability.

$73 Poolview/Oceanview Suite per night, plus applicable fees & taxes

$93 Oceanfront Suite per night, plus applicable fees & taxes

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jarrod Miller (jarrod@udel.edu), Amy Shober (ashober@udel.edu), or Sydney Riggi (sydney@udel.edu).

See a Harrington Weed Seed Destructor in Action

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist; mjv@udel.edu

A lot has been written about Harrington Weed Seed Destructor for help with herbicide resistance weed management, but this is a chance to see one in action at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Research Farm on November 2. Extension Specialists from PA, DE, VT and NC are involved in research and testing of strategies to combat herbicide-resistance, and this is a chance to demonstrate and discuss some of these approaches.

I know its short notice, but we are going to host a field day at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Farm on November 2 and feature the Harrington Seed Destructor as well as some other Integrated Weed Management Research. It will run from 10 to 2 and include lunch and offer CCA Credits. And it’s FREE! If you are within driving distance and interested in some on-going herbicide resistant weed research, please join us.

To RSVP: Contact Karen Adams, UD Carvel Bldg (adams@udel.edu or 302-856-2585). Additional information will follow registration.

See the attached flier for more details.

Respirator Fit Test Training Workshop

Thursday, November 9, 2017     9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

As part of new changes to the Worker Protection Standards that became effective in January 2017, anyone who applies a pesticide that lists respirator protection as part of the required personal protective equipment must successfully complete a medical evaluation and a respiratory fit test every year. This new requirement follows OSHA guidelines required for respiratory fit testing. The University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is partnering with the North Carolina Agromedicine Program to offer a Medical Evaluation/Respiratory Fit Test workshop that will help growers comply with this change to the WPS.

Support from grant funds will reduce the cost of the workshop from $150 to only $25 per participant. In addition to leaning how to conduct the required fit testing for employees on site, instead of finding a location that provides fit testing, participants can have their own respirator fit tested as part of the hands on activities during the workshop. However, to have this fit testing done, participants must bring proof of the required recent successful medical evaluation.

Most of the four-hour workshop will be hands on interactive demonstrations of how to conduct the required fit testing for employees on-site at your operation. This will not only help growers meet the regulatory requirement, but it will save time and money for employers and their employees.

Additional information is provided here.

Workshop participation is limited to 20 people and you must pre-register. Please plan to pay the registration fee at the meeting. To register please contact Kerry Richards by email (pesticidesafety@udel.edu) or phone: (814) 880-0013.

When registering please provide your name, mailing address, email and phone number and answer the following questions:

  • What pesticides do you apply that require respirator protection? (This information will only be used to select pesticide labels to use as part of the workshop)
  • Will you have your respirator fit tested as part of your participation in the workshop?
  • Do you have a current medical evaluation? If not, we can help complete that process.
  • Do you want to participate in the blood pressure, blood sugar and lung function screenings that will be available free of charge as part of the workshop?

Delaware Agriculture Week – Jan. 8 – Jan. 11, 2018

Monday, January 8 – Thursday, January 11, 2018
Delaware State Fairgrounds
Harrington, DE

Delaware Agriculture Week will be held in Harrington at the Delaware State Fairgrounds from January 8-11, 2018. Delaware “Ag Week” is in its 13th 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 8 to Thursday January 11.

Delaware and Maryland recertification credits, Nutrient Management credits and CCA credits will be offered.

Tentative Session Schedule

Monday, January 8

Tuesday, January 9
General Vegetables
Fresh Market Vegetables
Soil Fertility
Hay and Pasture
Small Ruminant
Tile Drainage

Wednesday Jan. 10
Processing Vegetables
Vegetables – Special Session
Woodland Management
Direct Marketing
Risk Management
Small Flock Poultry
Soil Health

Thursday Jan. 11
Urban Farm and Food

Soil Health 101 – November 1

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
DSU Outreach & Resesarch Center
884 Smyrna Leipsic Road
Smyrna, DE

Join us to learn about:

  • 4 basic principles of soil health
  • Benefits to your Farm
  • Why compaction is your #1 enemy and what to do about it

CEUs are pending for this free workshop.

Contact Jason Challendes, Regional SARE Coordinator, at jchallandes@desu.edu or (302) 388-2241 by October 30 to register.

Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference: All Worms, All Day – December 9

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Delaware State University
Bank of America Building
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware

This all-day conference will focus entirely on gastro-intestinal parasites (worms) that are the most problematic to small ruminant production and seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling these parasites. The program will include general and concurrent sessions and a separate program for older youth (age 14 and up). A detailed agenda is available at: https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/09/17183840/AllWormsAllDay-Trifold3.pdf

The registration deadline is November 20. Register online at: https://www.desu.edu/events/2017/12/09/all-worms-all-day-delmarva-small-ruminant-conference

To request special assistance due to a disability, please contact Dr. Kwame Matthews, at 302.857.6540 or kmatthews@desu.edu, by November 20, 2017.

Upcoming Women in Ag Webinar – Dec 13

Noon – EST

Register http://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

12/13/17: What is Annie’s Project
Annie’s Project is a national program that has gained momentum by connecting women in agriculture.  The program teaches farm management, provides local resources and encourages networking.  It also qualifies for USDA FSA Borrower Training.  The webinar will explain the guiding principles of Annie’s project, a typical program agenda and more details on Borrower Training.

Annie’s Project: Women Managing Commercial Poultry – October 12

Six classroom sessions starting on
Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:30 – 8:30pm

Two locations:
UD Carvel Research & Education Center, Georgetown, DE
UD Paradee Center, Dover, DE

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 farmwomen and women involved in agriculture 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, and Human Resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices.

The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct the program at two sites. The classes will be offered at the same time. Zoom Web Conferencing will be used to bring the two locations together.

The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is $75. There is an additional $100.00 fee for FSA Borrower Training attendees. Please register by October 6th- space is limited.

For more information and to register visit the website http://extension.umd.edu/annies-project/class-information or call (410) 758-0166 or email jrhodes@umd.edu. If you require special assistance to attend the classes, please contact the site at least two weeks prior.