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UMES Extension offers specialty crop workshops

A full-day Meet the Growers workshop Feb. 13 served as a one-stop shop connecting specialty crop growers to buyers and financial assistance programs. Nearly 40 participants took advantage of the opportunity aimed at increasing farm profitability. “Getting farmers in one place with available resources to learn all that is available is what today is about,”…Read more UMES Extension offers specialty crop workshops

UMES hosts inaugural Maryland Agritourism Conference

Whether their agribusiness ventures are on-farm markets, U-picks, CSAs, creameries, farm breweries, pumpkin patches with corn mazes and hay rides or overnight stays, a common theme emerged among small farmers attending a University of Maryland Eastern Shore-sponsored agritourism conference. The buzz was how to keep farms profitable in the face of challenging economic times by…Read more UMES hosts inaugural Maryland Agritourism Conference

UMES Small Farm Conference celebrates 20 years of helping farmers

Nearly 200 agricultural producers and stakeholders across the Mid-Atlantic descended on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from Nov. 2-4 for the 20th anniversary of its Small Farm Conference. “Positioning Farmers for Success,” this year’s theme, has been at the forefront of the annual event for two decades. “Agriculture and aquaculture are our (Delmarva’s) largest…Read more UMES Small Farm Conference celebrates 20 years of helping farmers

Film screening focuses on Delmarva farmers leading the way in environmentally friendly agricultural practices

UMES Extension is offering a free film screening of “Delmarva and the Ground for Change” on Nov. 2 in conjunction with its Small Farm Conference at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The environmental documentary follows three family-owned farming operations on the peninsula working to protect soil health and subsequently, the Chesapeake and Delaware bays….Read more Film screening focuses on Delmarva farmers leading the way in environmentally friendly agricultural practices

UMES educates community at Delmarva Chicken Festival

UMES Extension and SANS drew the attention of festivalgoers of all ages with outreach activities at the special 2023 edition of the Delmarva Chicken Festival. The event returned on Oct. 7 after a nine-year hiatus to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first dedicated broiler chicken farm on Delmarva.  Held at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium…Read more UMES educates community at Delmarva Chicken Festival

UMES Extension Horticulture and Fruit Program hosting free fall webinars and workshops

UMES Extension’s Horticulture and Fruit Program is hosting a myriad of free events as part of a workshop series this fall leading up to the holidays. Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit, an associate professor of horticulture and extension specialist, will share his knowledge on select Fridays (mainly webinars) and Saturdays (mainly in-person events on campus). Webinar…Read more UMES Extension Horticulture and Fruit Program hosting free fall webinars and workshops

Free activities for youth at UMES Extension 4-H STEM Festival

Robotics, 3D printing, marine sciences, aeronautics, live reptiles and engineering — these are a few of the STEM areas that youth can experience at UMES Extension’s 4-H STEM Festival. The free event takes place Saturday, Oct. 21, as part of the ninth annual Maryland STEM Festival, a monthlong celebration each fall aimed at getting youth…Read more Free activities for youth at UMES Extension 4-H STEM Festival

UMES Small Farm Conference celebrates its 20th year Nov. 2-4

Sharing strategies to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability has been at the forefront of UMES Extension’s Small Farm Conference over the past two decades. Agricultural producers in the Mid-Atlantic can network for practical know-how and gain valuable research-based knowledge at the event’s 20th edition, Nov. 2-4.  “To celebrate this milestone, we have added a…Read more UMES Small Farm Conference celebrates its 20th year Nov. 2-4

UMES shares know-how with farmers at annual Ag Showcase

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in partnership with Atlantic Tractor LLC hosted its third annual Ag Showcase on Aug. 16 for small- and large-scale farmers to get the latest information in equipment, operations technology and alternative crops. “The main goal for us is showing the farmers at all levels the technology available to help…Read more UMES shares know-how with farmers at annual Ag Showcase

House Ag Committee Chairman Thompson and Congressman Harris hold listening session on Farm Bill at UMES

A listening session was held on Friday, Aug. 11, at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to provide feedback directly from agricultural stakeholders in Maryland to key members of the House Committee on Agriculture as it drafts the 2023 Farm Bill. Congressman Andy Harris M.D., who serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…Read more House Ag Committee Chairman Thompson and Congressman Harris hold listening session on Farm Bill at UMES

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