Agronomy Day draws large turnout
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.”
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.