Agron­omy Day draws large turnout

Record Observer - - NEWS - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — The 4-H Park grounds were over­flow­ing with ve­hi­cles Fri­day morn­ing, March 3, as 225 people, most of them area farm­ers, at­tended the an­nual Agron­omy Day. Nu­mer­ous speak­ers talked about state agri­cul­tural laws that ap­ply, and farm­ers were able to re­ceived credit for their at­ten­dance to ap­ply to their be­com­ing re-cer­ti­fied to be able to ap­ply pes­ti­cides to their farm lands and re­ceive their nu­tri­ent man­age­ment li­censes.

Dr. Mark J. VanGes­sel, pro­fes­sor and ex­ten­sion weed spe­cial­ist, Univer­sity of Delaware, gave a weed and her­bi­cide con­trol up­date. Paul Go­erigner, le­gal ex­ten­sion spe­cial­ist, Univer­sity of Mary­land Ag and Re­source Eco­nom­ics, spoke on “Pes­ti­cide Drift — The Le­gal Side.”

They were fol­lowed by Jim Lewis, se­nior ag agent from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion, Caro­line County, talk­ing about “Soy­beans and Poul­try Lit­ter” and then Pa­tri­cia Stein­hilber, Ph.D, co­or­di­na­tor, ag nu­tri­ent man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, U. of Md., Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Science and Tech­nol­ogy, speak­ing on “Ev­ery­thing You Need to Know about Gyp­sum.”

The con­clud­ing speaker for the day was Howard Cal­la­han, nu­tri­ent man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, Md. Depart­ment of Agriculture, talk­ing on “Nu­tri­ent Man­age­ment Up­date.”

A free lunch was pro­vided by the event spon­sors for all at­ten­dees fol­low­ing the pro­gram.

Event co­or­di­na­tor Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Agent Jenny Rhodes said, “This event is for any­one who owns prop­erty, not just farm­ers. It’s an event we hold ev­ery year.”

PHOTOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Inside the ven­dor area at the 4-H Park dur­ing Agron­omy Day, folks had time to share in­for­ma­tion and talk about the most im­por­tant is­sues in farm­ing pro­vided by the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agriculture.

Work­ing at the Soil Con­ser­va­tion and Water Qual­ity Plan booth dur­ing the an­nual “Agron­omy Day” held at the 4-H Park near Centreville, Fri­day, March 3, from the left, Con­ser­va­tion Tech­ni­cian Ni­cole Brown and Con­ser­va­tion Plan­ner Mike Everett.

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