Instead of planting, area farmers often use the winter months to plan and gain skills that will help ensure their success during the growing season.

For more than 100 years, University of Maryland Extension has brought research-based information from the land-grant university system to the citizens of Maryland. This makes it easy for farmers and homeowners to stay up to date on latest advancements and newest developments in a variety of subjects.

Maryland Extension offers classes and workshops that are free and open to the public throughout the year, but winter is prime time for programming in rural communities. Topics range from grain marketing to succession planning and from time management to home gardening.

Many of the programs in 2021 will be offered virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you do not have access online or through your phone, contact Extension Educator Shannon Dill at (410) 822-1244.

Offerings in January include:

 

Grain Marketing and Timely Ag Issues

Class/Workshop

When: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Online

 

Good Morning, Farmer – Farming Time Management

Class/Workshop

When: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Online

 

Grain Marketing Session

Class/Workshop, Lecture/Seminar

When: Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Online

 

Risk Management Considerations for Hemp Producers

Class/Workshop

When: Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Online

 

My Farm is Underwater!

Class/Workshop

When: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

 

Good Morning, Farmer – Financial Management

Class/Workshop

When: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Online

 

 

 

 

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Webinar: Creating a Farm Business Continuity Plan

Lecture/Seminar

When: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

Virtual Forage Grower Meeting

Lecture/Seminar

When: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Online & In Person

 

Virtual Forage Grower Meeting

Lecture/Seminar

When: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Online & In Person

 

January FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training

Class/Workshop

When: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 – 3:45 p.m.

Where: Online

 

4-H Winter Virtual Activity Clubs – 2021

Class/Workshop

When: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

Good Morning, Famer – Nutrition

Class/Workshop

When: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Online

 

Landscaping a Septic System?

Class/Workshop

When: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Where: Online

 

Virtual Agronomy Meeting

Lecture/Seminar

When: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

Urban Farmer Winter Meeting: Day 1

Class/Workshop, Conference

When: Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

Good Morning, Farmer – Consumer Misinformation

Class/Workshop

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Online

 

 

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Webinar: Drying Foods Safely

Lecture/Seminar

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

 

 

 

2021 Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Day

Class/Workshop

When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: Online

 

Urban Farmer Winter Meeting: Day 2

Class/Workshop, Conference

When: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Online

For a complete list of events offered by University of Maryland Extension – Talbot County, visit extension.umd.edu/talbot-county. https://extension.umd.edu/talbot-county.