Agriculture Notes

November 25, 2001

Extension schedules Field Crops Day at restaurant Dec. 6

Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold the annual Baltimore Field Crops Day Dec. 6 at Friendly Farm Restaurant on Foreston Road.

Topics to be discussed include grain marketing issues, agricultural land preservation, weed control, and nutrient management.

Displays and company representatives will provide information about new products and plans for next year. The meeting serves as the recertification for Maryland private applicators.

Workshops will examine row crop weed control, timothy mite control, field crop production issues, Farm Service Agency programs, and methods of controlling pests and crop-damaging wildlife.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. Presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $8 with advance registration, or $15 at the door.

Registration: 410-666-1022.

Session offers tips on farmers' markets

Maryland's county agricultural economic development specialist will hold a seminar, "Building Better Farmers' Markets," at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The daylong seminar will offer information on pricing and promotions, high-value marketing extenders, market organization, mentoring new vendors, niche marketing, safe food-handling procedures and product selection.

The keynote speaker will be Ann Yonkers, manager of Dupont Circle Farmers' Market in Washington and an American Farmland Trust staff member.

The cost is $15 per person or $25 for two. Registration deadline is Saturday.

Checks payable to Howard County EAC may be mailed to Howard County Economic Development Authority, Ginger Myers, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, Columbia 21046.

Information: 410-386-2070.

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