Ag calendar

February 06, 2012

Feb. 8 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

Managing Your Property to Reduce Ticks — Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. at the Ag Heritage Center, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, contact Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 or send an emai to

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

Starting Seeds Indoors — Wednesday, Feb. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener Ray Eckhart to learn about starting seeds indoors. As part of the class, attendees will build and take home a frame to support a lighting system suitable for home use. Fee is $25 and includes the material for building the frame. For more information, call the Extension office at 717-263-9226.

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 calling 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. 

Beginning Beekeeping — Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ag Heritage Center, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Four weekly sessions, plus site visit to a local apiary on Saturday, March 24. Cost is $35 per family. To register, call the Extension office at 717-263-9226.

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.

Feb. 2 to 16 — Sheep and Goat Webinar Series; held consecutive Thursday evenings in 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 5 to 10 minutes before the start time at Schedule: 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

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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