Maryland Agricultural Highlights – October 2015
Homeowners Should Hire Only Licensed and Certified Lawn Care Professionals
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds homeowners that lawn care professionals hired to fertilize lawns must be certified and licensed by its Turfgrass Nutrient Management Program. In addition, fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus may not be applied near streams or if heavy rain is predicted. To further protect the Chesapeake Bay, fertilizer that lands on sidewalks or driveways must be cleaned up or swept back on the grass. For more information on Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer law and a list of licensed and certified lawn care professionals, visit www.mda.maryland.gov/fertilizer.
2015-2016 Nutrient Management Voucher Training and Renewal Courses Announced
University of Maryland Extension and the Maryland Department of Agriculture will offer free nutrient applicator voucher training and renewal courses to farm operators who apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of cropland. The two-hour course is required once every three years for these operators.
Allegany—November 17, call 301-724-3320
Anne Arundel—December 14, February 11 and March 15, call 410-222-3906
Caroline County—February 17, call 410-479-4030
Carroll County—November 24, January 7, February 5, and March 1, call 410-386-2760
Cecil County—January 27, call 410-996-5280
Frederick County—November 18 and March 9, call 301-600-1594
Harford County—January 13 and February 10, call 410-638-3255
Kent County—December 1, call 410-778-1661
Queen Anne’s County—February 26, call 410-758-0166
Somerset County—October 20, call 410-651-1350
Talbot County—March 1, call 410-822-1244
Washington County—December 4 and February 25, call 301-791-1304
Wicomico County—November 9, call 410-749-6141
Worcester County—December 3, call 410-632-1972
MAEF Banquet and Auction Set for November 5
The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. (MAEF) will host its 27th annual banquet and auction Thursday, November 5, at Michael’s 8th Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Tickets are $70 per person and may be purchased by calling 410-939-9030. Proceeds benefit MAEF’s agricultural educational outreach programs.
The Maryland Agricultural Awareness Alliance, a coalition of federal, state and local agricultural agencies and commodity groups dedicated to educating Marylanders on agricultural issues.