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SPECIAL EVENT EDITION- October 2020! The official e-newsletter for University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension.

We have many fall events in store for you...

UMES Extension has been busy planning several key events taking place next month, so we decided to highlight them in this special edition of our newsletter.

Don't miss out on UMES' Industrial Hemp Conference, Small Farm Conference and the new MyFaRM Initiative.  Registration is now open through Eventbrite for each. 

Read on for more information and use the quick links provided to register today!

Nelson Escobar, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Administrator
UMES Extension
Registration is now open for UMES Small Farm Conference

COVID-19 will not prevent UMES Extension from holding its 17th annual Small Farm Conference November 6-7.  Registration is now open for the event that will take place this year in a hybrid format to ensure the safety of participants.

Day one of the 2020 edition of the conference will consist of on-site field tours and demonstrations limited to 15 participants per tour due to social distancing requirements, while the second day’s schedule is full of virtual sessions and roundtable discussions.

Click on the image above to view WMDT 47 abc interview with Berran Rogers..

Area farmers can receive free opportunities through new initiative 


Registration is now open for MyFaRM, a new UMES Extension initiative to deliver risk management education free to area farmers.  Mastering Farm Risk Management, for which MyFaRM stands, also includes incentives for a select group of participants to receive free admission to future events hosted by UMES’ Small Farm Program. 

“MyFaRM is a series of classes covering each of five areas of risk for farms: production, marketing, finances, human resources and legal risk,” said Nicole Cook, the environmental and agricultural faculty legal specialist at UMES.  “There is an added emphasis in the MyFaRM program on how to use Federal Crop Insurance and private insurance options to sustain and support the growth of small farming operations, particularly those who grow, or plan to grow, specialty crops.”


Virtual Industrial Hemp Conference slated for Nov. 5

UMES Extension hosts its second annual Industrial Hemp Conference November 5 in a virtual format due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.   Experts from universities and agencies across the country aim to educate growers and stakeholders about the status of the industry and the outlook for the future.
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UMES is seeking growers from integrated crop-livestock farms for study.
Dr. Salina Parveen, a professor in UMES' Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, is looking for growers from integrated crop-livestock farms to participate in a research study to identify on-farm food safety practices.  Farmers will gain knowledge about food-born pathogens, their distribution, ecology transmission and control in an effort to help reduce production costs and increase profits.
Click on the image above to view WMDT 47 abc's interview with Dr. Salina Parveen.
Click on image above to register.

NEMO . . . We Can Do VIRTUALLY Anything Together!

This year, choosing a memorable theme for the Northeast Management Officer’s annual meeting was just as important as having the opportunity to meet despite all the challenges specific to 2020.

On Tuesday, October 20, UMES will host some 30 to 50 financial and administrative officers from agricultural and environmental colleges in the Northeast region via Zoom. The group will share information regarding budgetary, financial and human resource management.

Along with their business sessions, the group will be briefed about research at UMES and will receive important updates from officers of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Food Safety Fridays: A How-To Webinar Series 
The  monthly webinar series will focus on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule from enacting practices to efficient record keeping strategies. 
How to: Apply, Handle and Store Biological Soil Amendments, Oct. 16, noon 
How to:  Put It All Together in a Food Safety Plan, Nov. 20, noon
Register for the above webinars and more at For more information, contact Sarah Everhart at or call 410-706-7377.

The webinar series is hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network in cooperation with the UMES and UMD Extension services, the UMD Agriculture Law Education Initiative and the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
For more information, contact Gail Taylor at
Learn more
Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities
Submit a Workshop Proposal

Upcoming Event

Industrial Hemp Conference
November 5, 2020, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Register here!

MyFaRM Initiative Kickoff Class
November 6, 2020, 2-4 p.m.
Register here!

17th annual Small Farm Conference
November 6-7, 2020
Register here!

UMES Extension in the News

UMES looking for farmers to participate in integrated crop-livestock research
WMDT, October 15, 2020 with video

Registration Now Open For UMES Small Farm Conference
WESM, October 7, 2020

Registration Now Open For UMES Small Farm Conference
News Break, October 7, 2020

Demographic trends paint rosy ag future
Cape Gazette editorial, October 9, 2020
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