Agriculture briefs

January 03, 2006

Space still availablefor two workshops

Space is still available at two January workshops designed for farmers who want to become certified by the Maryland Department of Agriculture to write nutrient management plans for their own operations.

The workshops are geared toward crop operations that use commercial fertilizer and will be held in Caroline County on Jan. 10, and Montgomery County on Jan. 11. Certification requires a two-day commitment.

At the January workshops, participants will learn the fundamentals of nutrient management planning by working through a model plan. Take-home study materials will be provided.

During the second day, which will take place within four weeks, participants meet in small groups to take an open book certification exam and work with a Maryland Cooperative Extension expert to develop their own plans. Farmers who pass the exam and successfully complete their own nutrient management plans will be certified by MDA.


Register by calling 1-410-841-5959 or visit to download an application.

Soil conservationmeeting to be held

The Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts will hold its annual winter meeting at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis on Sunday, Jan. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The theme is "Agriculture - Better for Maryland - Better for the Bay." Dr. Cheng-I Wei, the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker.

MASCD is the voice for the state's 24 soil conservation districts and provides a forum for training, policy-making and the exchange of information.

Nursery, greenhouse training available

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will provide a half-day training course for nursery and greenhouse operation personnel at multiple locations in January and February.

The training is required for operators and supervisory greenhouse staff who apply nutrients to more than 10 acres of growing area.

For more information, call the department at 1-410-841-5959.

Maryland Agriculture Dinner Set For Feb. 2

Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley has announced that the annual Maryland Agriculture Dinner will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md.

Tickets for the dinner cost $75 per person. Tickets may be obtained by calling Gail Yeiser at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, 1-301-405-2434.

Compiled by the Maryland Agricultural Awareness Alliance, a coalition of federal, state and local agricultural agencies and commodity groups dedicated to educating Marylanders on agricultural issues.

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