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November 2021

Date November 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm

Using Legal Education to Increase Equitable Participation in NRCS Conservation Programs

This panel will discuss NRCS programs, including common legal considerations when entering NRCS program contracts and benefits of participation, and highlight the UME Cultivating Conservation Project, which will create resources for farmers navigating the application and administration processes. Presenters:  Dr. Sarah Hirsh, Ag Agent, University of Maryland Extension – Lower Eastern Shore Bianca Soto-Gomez, District Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service Sarah Everhart, Senior Research Associate and Legal Specialist, Agriculture Law Education Initiative

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Date November 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 3:55 pm

Legislative Strategies for Reaching Ag Sector 2025 Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Goals

This panel will focus on the statutory tools created in the 2020 Maryland General Assembly to assist the agricultural sector in reaching the 2025 Chesapeake Bay Clean-up goals. The experts will discuss the increase in funding available via the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program, the Clean Water Commerce Act, and more.  Presenters:  Jason Keppler, Watershed Implementation Program Manager, Acting Conservation Grants Program Manager, Maryland Department of Agriculture  Mark Hoffman, Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission.   

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Date November 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Developing Issues in Agricultural and Environmental Law

Paul will highlight this year’s developing legal issues in agricultural, environmental, and food law from courtroom decisions, law, and policy and will let attendees know what issues to watch in 202. Presenter:  Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist    

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Date November 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:55 am

Growing Carbon Credits: Should Maryland Farmers Open a Carbon Banking Account?

Carbon credits are a growing interest in the agricultural community not only by producers but by landowners.  This session will highlight the latest that is being considered on Capitol Hill along with what Marylanders need to take into account currently in the market. Presenters:  Dr. Shannon Ferrell, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University.

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Date November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:55 am

Strengthening Local Food Systems Through Law and Policy: the Role of Food Policy Councils and the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program

Recent Maryland legislation established a local food purchasing requirement – the Certified Local Farm Enterprise Program – and the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council. Panelists will discuss what these programs are and how they aim to address supply chain and equity issues in Maryland’s food system. Presenters:  Del. Lorig Charkoudian, District 20, Montgomery County Karen Fedor, Certified Local Farm Program Director, Maryland Department of Agriculture Justin Hayes, Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of Agriculture  

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December 2021

Date December 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location St. Mary’s County Ag Service Center

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training

This course will be delivered in-person. Registration Includes: • Course Materials (Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2) • Course Certificate from the Produce Safety Alliance upon successful completion of course materials Who Should Attend? Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA…

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January 2022

Date January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location Somerset County Extension Office

Cultivating Conservation for Maryland and Delaware’s Small and Historically Underserved Farmers

The course will cover an overview of conservation practices, available conservation programs provided by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies, understanding of application processes, eligibility, and contractual agreements, and how conservation projects can fit into an overall farm plan. For more information please contact, Dr. Sarah Hirsh, Extension Educator;(410) 651-1350; shirsh@umd.edu.

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Date January 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Farm Market Managers Workshops

The University of Maryland Extension – Maryland SNAP-Ed Program, in partnership with the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) is offering free workshops for farmer vendors and for market managers. Learn about: Best practices in food safety for farmer vendors and farmers’ market managers Marketing and promotion techniques to increase healthy food access, and farmer and market revenue Participants can receive free resources to support best practices learned in the workshop: Farmers Market Food Safety Compliance Kit that includes signage, checklists,…

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Date January 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Family Communications and Estate Planning Workshop for Farm Families – Virtual Session

This webinar will cover the essentials of estate planning and practical activities to assist with family communication about business matters.  Each standalone virtual session will cover the essentials of estate planning and practical exercises to help with family communication about business matters.

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Date January 26 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Remote FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training

This course will be delivered remotely via Zoom in 2 half-day session: January 26th 12:30 PM – 4:45 PM & January 27th 12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Registration Includes: • Course Materials (Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2) • Course Certificate from the Produce Safety Alliance upon successful completion of course materials Participation requirements for this web-based course include: • High-speed internet connection • Computer or other appropriate device with webcam and microphone, which must remain functional for the…

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