1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this project is to facilitate cooperation among USDA-ARS BARC, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland Cooperative Extension in providing training for farmers and agricultural professionals in organic grain crop production.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The Maryland Department of Agriculture supports development of organic agriculture in Maryland. They will help coordinate outreach activities for this project including: developing advertising materials for field days and workshops; providing stipends to cooperating farmers on whose land research is conducted; coordinating logistics of field day and workshop activities.
An agronomist hired under the OREI grant has been in regular contact with MDA staff who have provided assistance organizing an annual Organic Grains Workshop held in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. MDA staff has provided advertising copy for that workshop and also for an upcoming field day at one of the on-farm research sites supported by the grant. MDA has also mailed out announcements about this event using a mailing list they support.