WASHINGTON COUNTY ? Growing up on a farm in the Williamsport area, Brian Forsythe knew from an early age that he wanted to find a career that would keep him rooted in the earth. And he has.
Forsythe, 22, recently landed a job at the Maryland Cooperative Extension on Sharpsburg Pike. His official title is nutrient management adviser, Antietam Watershed project agricultural nutrient management program.
"I take soil samples and send them off for analysis," Forsythe said. Based on the results, he then writes up a nutrient program and advises the client what to add, when to add it or what not to add in the way of fertilizer.
Locally, all such soil samples are sent to a lab in Georgia.
Forsythe works from a database of 112 clients, ranging from small to large farms in Washington County.
Farmers and orchardists have choices when it comes to their mandated nutrient management activities, Forsythe said.