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$ $100-175
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University of Maryland Agroecology Lab

Salinity-Affected Lands in Transition (SALT) Conference

Tuesday, Jun 11 - Wednesday, Jun 12
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Cost
$ $100-175
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University of Maryland Agroecology Lab

Saltwater intrusion represents one of the foremost challenges related to climate change facing farmers in coastal communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. SALT, a two-day conference focused on saltwater intrusion and sea level rise in coastal agroecosystems, will be held June 11 and 12, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Md., and hopes to address what is happening in academics and on the ground to face it.

SALT stands for “Salinity-Affected Lands in Transition.” The conference will feature expert speakers discussing saltwater intrusion and sea level rise, case studies of areas across the country and hemisphere, environmental justice, coastal farming, ghost forests, adaptation solutions and mitigation strategies.

“The SALT Conference will bring together practitioners, policy-makers, and scientists to discuss issues related to sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion across the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. I am excited to share some of our lessons learned from projects in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia (funded by USDA-NIFA, NFWF, and the NSF) and learn from others who are facing similar challenges across the U.S. and the world,” said Dr. Kate Tully, a University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researcher investigating saltwater intrusion on the Delmarva Peninsula. “The SALT conference will provide a platform for information sharing, partnership building, and networking. I'm hoping for a great turnout.”

This conference highlights research being conducted by the University of Maryland (UMD) Agroecology Lab, the University of Delaware (UD) and George Washington University (GWU) on the Delmarva Peninsula, which comprises the coastal areas of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. The partners have been researching the extent and economic impact of saltwater intrusion in the region and developing potential mitigation strategies for land affected by saltwater intrusion. The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology has been partnering with researchers from these institutions on outreach and stakeholder engagement for the project.

This research and conference are supported by grants from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the National Science Foundation. People can register for the conference online at go.umd.edu/SALT. Registration is open until June 3, 2024.

This conference is complemented by a podcast series called Delmarva’s Invisible Flood. The three-episode series features conversations with the researchers at UMD, UD and GWU who are working on the ground to test and implement mitigation strategies, map saltwater intrusion’s extent, and deduce its impact on society. The podcast series can be found at hughescenter.podbean.com.

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Cost
$ $7.50
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University of Maryland Extension
Phone: 301-405-1547

Pasture Walk

  • Thursday, June 27 - Thursday, June 27
Cost
$ $7.50
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University of Maryland Extension
Phone: 301-405-1547

Key Speakers:
Equine Extension Specialist: Dr. Amy Burk
With a wealth of experience in equine health and management, our equine extension specialist will delve into the unique needs of horses in a rotational grazing environment. From grazing behavior to nutritional requirements, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to ensure the well-being of their equine companions.

Forage Extension Specialist: Dr. Amanda Grev
Our forage specialist will share her expertise on cultivating and maintaining high-quality pasture for horses. From grass species selection to rotational system management, attendees will learn essential techniques for fostering forage that supports optimal equine health.

Howard County Extension Agriculture Agent: Nathan Glenn
With years of comprehensive experience in agriculture education, and a unique understanding of farm economics, our local county ag agent can help farm owners learn when pasture management techniques can help with the bottom line expenses associated with horse keeping, especially on smaller acreages.

Event Highlights:
- Comprehensive overview of rotational grazing principles and benefits for horse owners.
- Practical guidance on designing and implementing rotational grazing systems tailored to equine needs.
- Strategies for pasture rotation scheduling, stocking rates, and fencing design to maximize forage utilization and minimize pasture degradation.
- Q&A sessions with our expert speakers, providing attendees with the opportunity to address specific concerns and gain personalized advice.

Whether you are looking for additional tips to improve what you already have in place or are new to rotational grazing, this educational event offers invaluable knowledge and resources to help you unlock the full potential of your pastures and promote the well-being of your horses. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with fellow horse owners and gain insights from leading experts in the field of equine and forage management. Join us and take the first step towards a healthier, more sustainable approach to pasture management for your equine companions.

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UMD Alumni Ticket: $40.00
Purchase this ticket if you attended the University of Maryland for your certificate, undergrad or graduate degree.

Non-Alumni & Friends: $45.00
Purchase this ticket if you did not attend UMD and are 18 and above.

Future Terp-Youth 6-17 years old $20.00
Youth are welcome to join us for an evening on the farm. Ages 6-17 are $20. 5 & under are free.

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Eat, Drink & be Maryland

  • Thursday, May 30 - Thursday, May 30
Registration

UMD Alumni Ticket: $40.00
Purchase this ticket if you attended the University of Maryland for your certificate, undergrad or graduate degree.

Non-Alumni & Friends: $45.00
Purchase this ticket if you did not attend UMD and are 18 and above.

Future Terp-Youth 6-17 years old $20.00
Youth are welcome to join us for an evening on the farm. Ages 6-17 are $20. 5 & under are free.

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Join the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the AGNR Alumni Network for a night on the farm! 

Held on the Central Maryland Research and Education Center - Clarksville Facility, this casual farm to table event will include a picnic dinner, wagon tour and showcase of the research and education happening at the facility. Connect with faculty, staff, alums and family, enjoy a delicious meal and support AGNR student clubs at the silent auction. 

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Cost
Free Event
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Phone: 410-228-8800

4-H Spring Fling Fun Day

  • Saturday, May 04 - Saturday, May 04
Cost
Free Event
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Phone: 410-228-8800

The University of Maryland Extension Dorchester County Office will host a kids' spring fling event at the Cambridge Library (303 Gay St. Cambridge, MD) on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be spring-themed activities and a goat your kids can get their picture taken with. Come pet and get your picture taken with a goat, plant a flower, learn about bees, and more.

This event is free, and registration is not required. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in either of these UME events, please get in touch with Erica or Emily at the UME Dorchester County office at 410-228-8800 by April 19.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

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Cost
Free Event
Location
303 Gay St. ,Cambridge,MD,US,21613
About the Organizer
Contact
Emily Zobel
Phone: 40-228-8800

Growing Tomatoes

  • Tuesday, April 30 - Tuesday, April 30
Cost
Free Event
Location
303 Gay St. ,Cambridge,MD,US,21613
About the Organizer
Contact
Emily Zobel
Phone: 40-228-8800

Join the University of Maryland Extension Dorchester County Master Gardeners on April 30th at 5:00 p.m. at the Cambridge Library (303 Gay St. Cambridge, MD) to learn the basics of growing tomatoes. Come learn the ins and outs of this favorite summer vegetable crop. What varieties are best for our area? What is the difference between a hybrid and a heirloom tomato? Why do need to cage them? What is a tomato sucker and how do you remove them?

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Maryland Day

  • Saturday, April 27 - Saturday, April 27
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University of Maryland is the place to be for Maryland Day 2024! This will be the 99th annual Ag Day and this year we're excited for our very first AGNR Alumni Chill Zone in the Animal Science Courtyard!

Join us on Ag Day Avenue to visit the Campus Farm and take in a livestock show with our students. Drop by the Animal Science courtyard to see our college in full force with clubs, departments, and Extension programs. Grab a plant from the Institute of Applied Agriculture or from the Plant Science Building. McKeldin Mall will feature Maryland 4-H and there's an Extension catfish cooking demo at Hornbake Plaza.

Cornerstone Awards
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Glenda Canales

State of the College and Cornerstone Awards Ceremony

  • Wednesday, May 08 - Wednesday, May 08
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Glenda Canales

AGNR faculty and staff are invited to the 2024 State of the College and Cornerstone Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00am at the Riggs Alumni Center. The Cornerstone Awards serves to recognize an AGNR faculty or staff member or an external partner in actively promoting awareness of one of the Strategic Initiatives who demonstrates innovation, and provides a model for others in the college.

Lunch Break Gardening Q & A - Virtual Plant Clinic- UME Extension Dates and Times.  Please reach out to Sllewell@umd.edu for more information.
Cost
Free Event
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Contact
Sarah Llewellyn and Ashley Bodkins
Phone: 301-724-3320; 301-334-6960

Lunch Break Gardening Q & A - Virtual Plant Clinic- UME Extension

  • Monday, May 06 - Monday, May 06
  • Monday, June 10 - Monday, June 10
  • Monday, July 08 - Monday, July 08
  • Monday, August 12 - Monday, August 12
Cost
Free Event
About the Organizer
Contact
Sarah Llewellyn and Ashley Bodkins
Phone: 301-724-3320; 301-334-6960

Join Sarah and Ashley from University of Maryland Extension to answer any Western Maryland garden-related questions during this live Zoom session.

Need a plant identified? Want advice on starting a garden? Want to add a native plant to your landscape in 2024? Are you encountering pests? Insects? Plant Diseases?

If you have a gardening question that you want us to answer live, please send photos and questions to abachtel@umd.edu or post on the event details in the comments section.

We will be discussing some of the common garden tasks for your garden and a timeline of what you should be seeding now?

Session will be recorded and posted after the event.

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University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event or activity, please contact University of Maryland Extension @ 301-334-6960 before March 7, 2024.

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Cost
Free Event
Location
Queen Anne's County 4-H Park
About the Organizer
Contact
Jennifer Rhodes
Phone: 4107580166

Queen Anne's County Agriculture Awareness Days

  • Tuesday, April 09 - Wednesday, April 10
  • Thursday, April 04 - Thursday, April 04
Cost
Free Event
Location
Queen Anne's County 4-H Park
About the Organizer
Contact
Jennifer Rhodes
Phone: 4107580166

The 7th-grade students of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools are invited to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience to learn about Maryland’s number one industry, agriculture. As our population continues to grow, agriculture is crucial for our survival; therefore, a coalition of agricultural educators and professionals join together to host an educational experience for all 7th-grade students across our county.

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