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 pre-conference, February 12, 2019 with the option of two topics:

The Family Farm Legacy: Keeping the “Family” in your Farm
Connecting Through Effective Agriculture Communication: Building Trust, Respecting Voices, Engaging New Audiences

Location: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Dover, Delaware (room rates available). Registration and program details at http://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/annual-conference

For further information, contact: Shannon Dill at sdill@umd.edu or (410) 822-1244

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

January 17-19, 2019

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: https://futureharvestcasa.org/conference

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 agatha@futureharvestcasa.org.

Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo

DE Horticulture Industry Expo scheduled for January 16th & 17th at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover will feature a great line-up of speakers and exhibitors.

Featured topics include:

  • New Construction ≠ Healthy Soil
  • Adding Pizzazz to the Humdrum Landscape
  • 2018 – The Year We’d Like to Forget
  • Coping with Salt in the Landscape
  • Plants I Love to Hate
  • Healthy Gardens for People and the Environment
  • Rhododendron: Landscape Sweetheart or Roadkill
  • Aquatic Weed Control

January 16th will award 2 Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for DE Categories 03, 10 & PA.  Credits from PA, MD, NJ and ISA will also be available. 1 DE Nutrient Management credits available.

January 17th will award 3 Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for DE Categories 03, 5A, 10 & PA.   Credits from PA, MD, NJ and ISA will also be available.  1 DE Nutrient Management credits available.

Download the registration brochure and return with payment, or register via credit card at   https://2019dehortexpo.eventbrite.com

Ornamentals and Turf Workshop

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

Registration Open Soon at www.dnlaonline.org

$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 http://www.udel.edu/005163

Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu (302)730-4000 or Tracy Wootten wootten@udel.edu 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: http://bit.ly/DelmarvaSoilSummit111

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities:
Niamh Shortt, niamh@futureharvestcasa.org

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

REGISTER BY OCTOBER 3RD AT https://commercial-poultry.eventbrite.com

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 jrhodes@umd.edu 410-758-0166 or Tracy Wootten 302.856.7303 ext. 538, wootten@udel.edu or go to https://commercial-poultry.eventbrite.com

Fall Farm Tour

Friday, October 12, 2018
Dorchester County, MD

Annie’s Project enthusiasts and women in agriculture you are invited to tour the Lower Eastern Shore in Dorchester County.

Cost: $20.00 per person. Lunch at Emily’s Produce, and tour of brewery and beer tasting included in cost. Lunch includes a choice of homemade sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, cookie, bottled water/soda, and utensils.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annies-project-fall-tour-tickets-49948099109

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pop’s Old Place
4657 Skinners Run Rd., Hurlock, MD 21643

12:00 p.m.. – 2:00 p.m.
Emily’s Produce
2206 Church Creek Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613
Lunch, Farm Tour, Pumpkin picking

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RAR Brewing
504 Poplar St., Cambridge, MD 21613
Tour of brewery, tasting