District News and Updates

Last Updated September, 2016

Please join us 
October 12, 2016
to honor Billy Ford
as AASCD's
2016 Conservationists of the Year

Please click here to print up a registration form

Please click here for directions to Historic London Town and Gardens

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is looking for agricultural mentors

he Farm Service Agency office of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is seeking nominees for our upcoming County Committee Election

National Equine  Communication Center

Soil Testing 
Now Available

Our District Secretary position is open. If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please click here.

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

The Mid-Atlantic Better Composting School is being offered 9/26-9/30. This is a great learning opportunity for those looking to get into commercial composting.  Details are in the attached brochure.

Mid-Atlantic Better Composting School (MA-BCS)

When:  Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30

Where:  USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD

Description/Notes: The goal of the short course is to train operators of commercial and large-scale compost facilities in the science of composting.  The material is geared to composting plant operators, managers, and other interested persons.

There are hands-on exercises for building compost piles by a recipe, determining bulk density, measuring oxygen and temperature, and evaluating compost quality with simple laboratory procedures.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) office of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is seeking nominees for our upcoming County Committee (COC) Election. Held annually by FSA, those elected to serve on the committee come from the local farming community. They help deliver FSA farm programs, make decisions to administer programs, and serve as a critical link between local agriculture and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Our current COC members are Raymond Watson, J. Mark Scible, Steve Hopkins and Alice Canter. 


This year interested persons can choose to run on the COC if they reside in Local Administrative Area (LAA3), which is the area north of Route 4 in Prince George’s County and north of Route 50 in Anne Arundel County. Please see the enclosed map for details. The area outlined in green LAA3. The person elected to serve in LAA3 will serve a three year term and will receive a small stipend for attending meetings which are often around six per year.

LAA 3 Map

Please find linked a brochure, fact sheet and nomination form regarding the upcoming elections. Feel free to pass this information along to any producer that you think might be interested.


Any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Prince Georges/Anne Arundel County FSA office. 

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

MDA sent a News Release as a reminder to farmers with small grain cover crops about top dressing, please click the link below for access to the full article.