District News and Updates

Last Updated April, 2017
AASCD is looking for a new Board Supervisor

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.

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is looking for agricultural mentors

National Equine  Communication Center

Soil Testing 
Now Available

AASCD is in search of a new Board Supervisor. If you would like to be influential in the efforts of our mission, we ask you to submit the Nomination Form linked here by May 10th.

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.

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