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2014 Central Maryland Veg Growers Meeting Date Announced

Hagerstown, Md. (January 17, 2014) – The Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is pleased to announce the 2014 Central Md. VEG Growers Meeting will be held January 24, 2014, at Friendly Farm Restaurant located at 17434 Foreston Rd. in Upperco, Md.

Registration will take place 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. The day’s schedule includes the following workshops:

9:15 a.m.                                  Update-Invasive Insect Species- Dr. Jerry Brust, Univ. Maryland Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist

                                                Critical Issues Update- NRCS & SCD Jim Ensor, Balt. Co. Soil Conservation District & Tim Clippinger, USDA-NRCS USDA Farm Service Agency Update- Eva Delp-Cole, Balt.Co. USDA-FSA

9:45 a.m.                                  Heat Tolerant Romaine Lettuce Cultivars for Season Extension in the Mid-Atlantic- Anna Wallis, Univ. of Maryland Research Technician, Dept. of Plant Science & LA

                                                2014 Maryland Vegetable Crop Insurance Update- Dr. Lori Lynch, Univ. of Maryland Extension Specialist-Land Policy        

10:15 a.m.                                Seed Germination, Plant Growth, and Ear Quantity and Quality of Sweet Corn as Affected by Tillage Practices- Dr. Guihua Chen, Researcher, Univ. Maryland Department of Entomology                                        

                                                Strawberry Virus Issues- Dr. Jerry Brust, Univ. Maryland Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist

10:45 a.m.                                Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)- Focus on Water Quality- Donna Pahl, Extension GAPs Educator & Dave Martin, UM Extension

11:05 a.m.                                Maryland Vegetable Growers Association Update

11:15 a.m.                                Ag Product Highlights

11:35 a.m.                                Lunch and Exhibit Booth 

1:00 p.m. & 1:20 p.m.               Discussion and Demonstration of Seed Treatment- Dr. Kate Everts, Univ. of Maryland Professor & Extension Specialist, Vegetable Plant Pathology

1:50 p.m.                                  Nutrient Voucher and Plan Implementation Update- Bryan Harris, Maryland Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Specialist

2:20 p.m.                                  Potato Production- Sudeep Mathew, UM Extension Educator, Dorchester County

2:50 p.m.                                  MDA Pesticide Regulation Update- Ed Crow, MD Dept. Ag. Pesticide Regulation

3:15 p.m.                                  Evaluation

3:25 p.m.                                  Recertification form sign-up for pesticide and voucher renewal                      

Those interested can register online at Event Brite or send payment and registration form to UM Extension Baltimore County Office, Vegetable Growers Meeting, 1114 Shawan Road, Suite 2, Cockeysville, MD 21030. Registration is $15 per person in advance, $25 at the door and includes lunch.

For those in the agriculture community interested in more information contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at: 301-432-4782 or



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Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing, marketing, and managing economic development strategies and implementing marketing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit for more information.

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