District News and Updates

Last Updated March, 2017
2017 Envirothon 

Stewardship Education program offers information about a variety of webinars, workshops, publications and educational programs for woodland owners, natural resource professionals, and interested citizens across Maryland. Please consider attending one of these offerings. Additional events are listed on the Event Calendar at http://extension.umd.edu/woodland.

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Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is looking for agricultural mentors

National Equine  Communication Center

Soil Testing 
Now Available

2017 Envirothon is right around the corner. On March 17th, some of the AASCD staff participated in training with many fabulous students from Anne Arundel County. This year our very own Shelley Hopkins has been given the honor to teach the 5th Issue - Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation. We send the best of luck to all those competing on April 3rd.

The Woods in Your Backyard online course - Spring 2017
Wednesday, March 1 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 12 weeks from March 1st to June 4th, 2017. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. The course uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. The use of online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. 

The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. For more information, go to https://extension.umd.edu/events/wed-2017-03-01-0800-woods-your-backyard-online-course. To register through Eventbrite, go to https://wiyb-spring2017.eventbrite.com.

Certified Consultants & Certified Operators

If you have not heard already please be advised that as of the first week of January, the proposed regulations were finalized. Below is a summary of the changes but the details are covered in the document:

·         Removes the incorporation requirement for those operations choosing to use No-Till farming practices, However if an operator is going to incorporate organic nutrient sources you still have to do so in 48hrs. 

·         Extended the fall nutrient application period to reflect September 10th – December 15th statewide 

·         Changed the Winter date to reflect December 16th – February 28th

             o   Setbacks distance of 100’ from surface waters for any winter applications 

·         No applications of nutrients to ground that is frozen 2” or greater and or snow covered 1” or greater during the year 

·         Emergency provision were added under certain criteria

Nutrient Management Plans written from February 15th forward need to be addressing the new nutrient application requirements. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 410-841-5959

As an owner or manager of woodland, you are concerned about being a good steward of the land you own or manage, but the continued influx of invasive species, forest pests and diseases, and sea level rise, can have a dramatic impact on the health of your woodland. Fortunately, there are natural resource professionals who can help. This workshop will provide you knowledge about threats to forest health, strategies to minimize the impacts, and resources available to help you implement needed practices. 

This workshop costs $8.00 per person, which includes breakfast snacks, lunch and resource materials. For more information and how to register, go to https://extension.umd.edu/events/sat-2017-03-11-0830-forest-health-your-private-woodlandRegistration opens January 18.

Are you a farmer in Anne Arundel County that would like to pass on your knowledge to new farmers in the area? If so, consider signing up for SMADC’s Mentor Match, which pairs experienced farmers with beginning farmers in Southern Maryland for one year. To read the criteria to be a Mentor, and to sign up, click here:  http://www.marylandfarmlink.com/dynamic_page.php?id=10

A new National Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) has been created to help protect horses and the horse industry from the costly and often times fatal threat of equine infectious diseases.  Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states, horse organizations, and listserv participants by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.

Be one of the first to know about ongoing equine disease outbreaks near you by signing up here.

We are partnering with Waters Agricultural Laboratories, Inc., in Georgia, to provide our Cooperator's Soil Testing for their farms.

Please click here for instructions.

Please click here for the Soil Information Sheet

We will cover the cost of Shipping, Basic Test 2 and Organic Matter