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Office of Agricultural Business Development to Host Ag Business Forum

Hagerstown, Md. (December 2, 2013) – The Washington County Department of Business Development Office of Agricultural Business Development would like to invite farmers and the agriculture community to join the Washington County Agricultural Business Forum on December 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Md.
Throughout the day, local and regional Ag vendors will be on-hand to market goods and services. Guest speakers will deliver information on a variety of topics related to the agriculture community. The following is a tentative schedule of events:

9:00 a.m. – Registration and refreshments

9:30 a.m. – Maryland Department of Nutrient Management Update – Bryan Harris, Keith Potter; Nutrient Management Specialist, MDA

10:00 a.m. – Understanding your Health Care Choices – Lynn Little, UME Washington County

10:45a.m. – State/Local Perspective

11:15 a.m. – Managing Slugs in No-Till Fields – John Tooker, PSU

11:45 a.m. – Lunch

12:30p.m. – The Potential of Cultivar Mixtures to Enhance Pest Management – John Tooker, PSU

1:15p.m. – Nitrogen Management in Small Grains – Lynne Little, UME Washington

2:15 p.m. – Pesticide Update – Jeff Semler, UME Washington County

A free lunched will be served to Ag vendors and farmers, courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit. The Ag Business Forum is hosted annually by University of Maryland Extension, Washington County and the Washington County Office of Agricultural Business Development.

To register or learn more about the Agricultural Business Forum event, contact Leslie Hart at 301-432-4782 or lhart@hagerstownedc.org.

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About the DBD, Agricultural Business Development
The Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD), Agricultural Business Development is a county agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing and managing economic development strategies and implementing 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 www.hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing for more information.

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