Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

February 09, 2003

Knill's Farm Market owners inducted into Hall of Fame

William and Jean Knill of Mount Airy were inducted into the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame at the Maryland Agriculture Dinner on Thursday night in Glen Burnie.

The Knills own and operate Knill's Farm Market, a 700-acre livestock, grain and fresh produce farm on Route 27. Their farming methods include crop rotation, no-till cultivation, grassed waterways, strip cropping and integrated pest management.

They also have extended the season for fresh fruits and vegetables by using rain gutters in their greenhouse to grow plants earlier in the spring and later in the fall.

William Knill has served as president and vice president of the Carroll County and Maryland Farm Bureau, president of the Carroll County Agriculture Commission and a member of the Carroll County Economic Development Commission.

Jean Knill chaired the Carroll County Agriculture in the Classroom committee for 15 years, and serves on the board of directors of the Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation and the state and county Farm Bureau women's committees.

Sponsored by the Maryland Agriculture Council Inc., the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame was organized in 1991 to honor agricultural leaders who display high standards of achievement and commitment to the industry and their communities.

State budget cuts to be focus of session

Carroll County Extension faculty and staff will hold an informational session at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, Burns Hall, on possible state budget cuts that will affect the extension program.

Thomas A. Fretz, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland will explain the extension agency's financial situation and the potential impact budget cuts could have locally. He also will discuss how individuals can help lobby for higher educational support.

Maryland is facing a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit over the next 18 months which is expected to affect funding for the University of Maryland System and Maryland Cooperative Extension through the higher education budget, UM officials say.

Maryland Cooperative Extension, as part of the university's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, shares the college's allocation with Agricultural Experiment Station and Resident Instruction Programs. A reduction in funding of higher education will create a cutback in the amount of money to the University of Maryland system and its programs.

The Ag Center is at 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, at the west end of Smith Avenue.

Anyone interested in the extension program is urged to attend the meeting. Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-386-2760 or 888-326-9645.

Direct farm marketing event set for Feb. 19-22

The Mid-Atlantic Direct Marketing Conference (MADMC) will be held Feb. 19-22 at the Holiday Inn Select in Timonium. The four-day conference includes all aspects of direct marketing agricultural products to consumers.

The event will include a choice of three in-depth workshops on value-added farm products, estate planning and risk management issues. On Feb. 20, the conference will offer all-day bus tours to direct farm marketing locations in Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick counties.

On Feb. 21 and 22, the conference will feature seminars of four topics to pick from every hour on a variety of issues and information. Examples include gift shops, customer service, entertainment, planning a farm market, supplementing sales and agricultural tourism. Industry professionals will teach the seminars.

During the event, there will be an industry-specific Trade Show with about 50 exhibits offering a variety of products and information. Nightly events also will be held.

The conference is open to anyone who wants to learn more about direct marketing for agriculture products.

Information: 301-405-2436.

Landscaping conference to be held March 15

The Carroll County Cooperative Extension and Carroll County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Landscaping Mini-Conference from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15.

The workshop is designed to help homeowners with basic gardening and landscape management. The day will begin with Frank Gouin, professor emeritus of the University of Maryland, discussing fertilization, especially the slow release 18-6-12 formula used in Osmocote that he developed.

Topics will include native trees and shrubs for home landscaping, lawn care, garden pests, perennials, improving soils, composting, landscape design, topiary, ornamental grasses, African violets, orchids and greenery.

The cost is $15. Participants may purchase a lunch at the conference or take their own. The conference will be at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

Registration is required and ends when classes are filled. Snow date is May 3.

Information: 410-386-2760.

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