Ag calendar

January 09, 2012

Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 —  Poultry 101 — The staff will discuss rearing, feeding, management and housing, as well as hatching eggs and biosecurity. Space is limited. Registration is required. A $5 fee will be collected at the door; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged. To register, call 301-791-1304.

Jan. 25 to March 28 — Annie’s Project — Each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Annie’s project is designed to empower women to manage information systems used in decision making processes and to build local networks in the state. The target audience is women in agriculture with a passion for business and involvement. For more information, call Amy Simmons at 301-791-1304 or send an email to

Feb. 21 — Dairy Breeding and Genetics, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed include “Should I Crosbreed or Not?” and “What About Using a Bull?” Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 301-791-1304.

March 1 — Agronomy Day, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crop updates, disease and weed concerns, cover crops and other related topics will be discussed. Private pesticide applicator recertification and nutrient applicator voucher continuing-education credits are available. Lunch will be served at no charge. However, attendees must register by calling 301-791-1304 no later than Feb. 27.

March 8 to May 24 — Master Gardener training program; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Admittance into the program is based on completion of the application, a background check and an interview. Applications are available by contacting Karen Sechler at the University of Maryland Extension at 301-791-1604 or by email at Applications must be submitted by Feb. 10 to be considered for the March class.

March 8 — Training for Private Applicator Examination — Washington County, 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees must contact the Extension office at 301-791-1304 to register for the training session and to obtain study materials. Attendance is not required.   

March 15 — Private Applicator Examinations — Washington County, 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees must contact the Extension office at 301-791-1304 to register for the examination. Exams are administered by a representative of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 — Sheep and Goat Webinar Series; held consecutive Thursday evenings in January and February. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. One-hour webinar and one-hour question-and-information exchange. The webinar is limited to the first 100 who log on. Please plan to log on five to 10 minutes before the start time at Schedule: Jan. 12, digestive physiology; Jan. 19, nutrients; Jan. 26, feed stuffs; Feb. 2, nutritional management; Feb. 9, ration balancing; and Feb. 16, nutritional disorders.

For more information, call Susan Schoenian at 301-432-2767, ext. 343, or send an email to

4-H events, Extension offices

For more information about 4-H events, go to

To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.
The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.

The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.

From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.

The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.


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