Crop Insurance Seminar

Wednesday, February 6, 2019     9:00a.m. – Noon
University of Delaware Paradee Center
69 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE

Topics will include:

  1. Tailoring Your Crop Yield/Revenue Insurance to Your Actual Risk Exposure
  2. Why Irrigated Producers Still Buy Revenue Protection
  3. Using a Combination of Insurance Tools to Enhance Coverage

For more information, contact Laurie Wolinski – or 302-831-2538

Rotem Controller Workshop: One Day, Two Sessions, Two Controller Modes

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Caroline-Dorchester County Fairgrounds’ 4-H Park
8230 Detour Road
Denton, MD 21629

Morning Session – Standard Mode
9:00 a.m. – Noon

Afternoon Session – Precision Mode
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rotem Controllers set new standards in the poultry industry. These controllers enable poultry farmers to raise their flocks under the best conditions possible while reducing operating expenses and increasing efficiency. These University of Maryland Extension Workshops will provide information to help you decide to use, whether you are a new grower or an existing grower. The morning training will be for standard mode users and the afternoon will focus on precision mode. Lunch will be provided. Any questions, contact Jenny Rhodes 410-310-0103 or Jon Moyle 410-742-1178. Seating will be limited.

Registration is at:


Computers Classes for Farm Businesses

January 4 or 7, 2019
Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, MD

Computers are an important tool for farm business management.  The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a QuickBooks class for farm use.  There is the option of two training days January 4 or January 7 and you can register for whichever class suits your learning level.  Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks.  Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.  Class sizes are limited so please register online at  For questions please contact or 410-822-1244.  The cost of each class is $20.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

QuickBooks for Farm Businesses: Beginners
January 4 OR 7     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Everyday tasks just got more efficient. QuickBooks can quickly organize your business finances and show you exactly where you stand. Instantly create invoices, track payments, manage expenses, and access information. Quickly locate any account, report, or invoice with just a keyword. Complete transactions faster with convenient access to your customer’s or vendor’s balance and transaction history.


QuickBooks for Farm Businesses: Advanced
January 4 OR 7     1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Are you using QuickBooks but would like more advanced information?  This session is for QuickBooks users and will address more advanced topics.  These include setting up fixed asset accounts, using a business credit card, lines of credit, enterprise accounting and payroll.

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.

The detailed session agendas are available online now at:


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 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

For further information, contact: Shannon Dill at 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:

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

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

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,