Agricultural producers study responses due Jan. 18
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2021 Farm Producer Study to improve knowledge and understanding of agricultural producers and help USDA improve services to them. A brief questionnaire has been mailed to approximately 75,000 U.S. agricultural producers across the country. Taking no more than 10 minutes to complete, the questionnaire asks participants for demographic and basic farm information. Producers can respond securely online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail. The deadline for response is Tuesday, Jan. 18.
“Participation in this study is voluntary yet vital,” said Barbara Rater, Census and Survey Division director. “The results of the study may lead to more robust demographic data products to assist other federal agencies, state and local governments, researchers, and analysts in administering and monitoring program effectiveness for the optimal support of diversity within American agriculture.”
First State Antique Tractor Club to meet Jan. 18
The regular meeting of the First State Antique Tractor Club will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Greenwood VFW on the corner of Governors Avenue and Mill Street in Greenwood. The annual show committee will meet at 6:30 p.m, in advance of the regular meeting. Plans for the 2022 annual show will be discussed in addition to new club business. Light refreshments will be served. The club is always looking for new members. To learn more, go to firststateantiquetractorclub.com or contact Maralene Givens at 302-228-2674 or [email protected].
Regenerative agriculture and soil health workshop set Jan. 18
A hybrid caffeine and cover crops event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18. Jeremiah Durbin, owner of Sustainable Legacy Consulting and a Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts soil health specialist, will join virtually to discuss regenerative agriculture and how to build soil health without livestock. This event is free, and preregistration is required to attend virtually or in person.
“We are excited to offer a hybrid caffeine and cover crops breakfast this year. Although the presenter will be virtual, we look forward to promoting farmer-led discussions with in-person and virtual guests,” said Debbie Absher, director of agricultural programs at Sussex Conservation District.
Virtual attendees will receive the event link upon registration. Limited in-person seating will be available at the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center in Georgetown, and light refreshments will be served.
This event is presented by the Delaware Soil Health Partnership, Sussex Conservation District and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.
To learn more or to register, go to sussexconservation.org/events or call Siobhan Kelley, SCD communications and outreach specialist, at 302-856-2105, Ext. 122.
South Coastal Delaware AARP to meet Jan. 18
The South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter is seeking new members from southeastern Sussex County.
The chapter holds monthly luncheons with special speakers, performs community service activities, sponsors day trips and overnight tours, supports legislative efforts that benefit older citizens, sponsors a 45-member chorus, and raises money for scholarships for Indian River High School and Delaware Technical Community College adult students.
The next monthly luncheon will be Tuesday, Jan. 18. To register and for more information on membership, contact Dottie Rieck at 302-539-2654.
Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences to start Jan. 18
University of Maryland Extension, University of Delaware Extension, and the Maryland-Delaware Forage Council invite forage producers, grazers, livestock owners and associated industry personnel to attend the upcoming Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences in January.
This year’s conferences will use a hybrid format with two in-person and two virtual options. Conference dates and locations are as follows: Southern Maryland, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Prince Frederick, Md.; Central Maryland, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Middletown, Md.; virtual, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, via Zoom; and virtual, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, via Zoom.
Registration is required. CCA, Nutrient Management, and Private Pesticide Applicator Credits will be offered at each session. To learn more and to register, go to foragecouncil.com/event. For assistance or accommodations, contact Amanda Grev at [email protected] or 301-432-2767, Ext. 339.
Agricultural conservation partner funding webinar set Jan. 20
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $225 million in available funding for conservation partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
A webinar with general program information for RCPP applicants is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. To learn more, go to nrcs.usda.gov.
The partner-driven program leverages collective resources to find solutions to address natural resource challenges on agricultural land. This year’s funding announcements include opportunities for projects that address climate change, benefit historically underserved producers and support urban agriculture.
“We’re harnessing the power of partnership to create lasting solutions to global challenges, like climate change, and support producers and communities who have been underserved in the past,” said Terry Cosby, chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Partners are expected to offer value-added contributions to amplify the impact of RCPP funding in an amount equal to or greater than the NRCS investment.
Funding is open to agriculture and silviculture associations, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, conservation districts and universities, among others.
Overfalls Foundation to meet Jan. 21
The Overfalls Foundation will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, via Zoom. Presenting at the meeting will be Allison Rogerson, an environmental scientist with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship. She will be sharing information about the new Lewes-Rehoboth Canal project and what DNREC is doing. For details on joining the session, go to overfalls.org.
Proposed safety rule changes for produce farmers is Jan. 21 topic
The Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule change Dec. 6, to amend the agricultural water requirements of the Produce Safety Rule.
In response to the proposed change, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will host two outreach sessions at 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, to engage farmers and other stakeholders.
The Produce Safety Rule was signed into law in 2011 as part of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. FDA’s proposed rule amends the pre-harvest agricultural water requirements for covered produce other than sprouts previously established in Subpart E of the Produce Safety Rule.
In the proposed rule, previous pre-harvest water microbial quality criteria and testing requirements are proposed to be replaced with more flexible requirements for pre-harvest agricultural water assessments. These assessments are designed to be more feasible to implement across various agricultural systems.
The two sessions scheduled for Jan. 21 in Delaware will detail the proposed changes to the rule. Producers and stakeholders will learn best practices to write and submit questions and public comments to the FDA and participate in open discussions.
Avoiding Probate free webinar set Jan. 24
Delaware Money School will host Avoiding Probate, a free webinar, from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24. Deirdre O’Shea McCartney, Esq. will facilitate the program. The Georgetown library, at 123 West Pine St., Georgetown, is available for attendees to view the live stream.
The class covers avoiding probate, how to make the transition of property occur seamlessly at the time of death, without opening an estate. Having written, spoken and taught on the subject many times, the presenter breaks down what appears to be a complex subject, to simple understandable layman’s terms. This class focuses only on steps the lay person can take so assets transfer at death, to the intended beneficiaries by operation of law, immediately and automatically. Those who have served as a personal representative or executor of an estate know first-hand how complex, expensive and time-consuming the probate process can be.
Everyone should have a will prepared with a competent attorney. This class teaches how to prepare an estate in such a manner that the entire probate process can be avoided and the will never comes into play.
Advance registration is required at dfli.org.
Fund for Women grant applications due Jan. 31
The Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation will begin accepting applications Saturday, Jan. 1, for its 2022 grants cycle.
All Delaware nonprofit agencies with programs benefiting women and girls are welcome to apply.
The FFW accepts applications from nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations for programs that address the needs and enhance the worth and potential of women and girls in Delaware by helping them lead productive, self-sufficient lives. The FFW’s one-year grant offers organizations an opportunity to obtain seed money for innovative, creative programming, or funding to continue or expand programs where effectiveness has been demonstrated. Grants will not be awarded to individuals.
Completed applications should be submitted online by Monday, Jan. 31. The link to the application will be active effective Jan. 1 at fundforwomende.com/grants.
Delmarva Soil Summit to meet in hybrid format Feb. 7-8
Soil health experts from across the country will present at the 2022 Delmarva Soil Summit Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 8, in person at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md., and online.
Whether attendees farm 2 or 2,000 acres, live on Delmarva or beyond, this conference will deliver information for all production systems and scales, with a theme of Groundwork for the Future.
Virtual tickets are $80 and in-person tickets are $100. Fees cover both conference days. The in-person option includes meals, research updates, poster session and conference reception. All participants will receive networking opportunities during the event, as well as access to all recordings of keynote and breakout sessions for one full year. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of attendance for those in need.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to DelmarvaSoilSummit.com.
Arts programming grant applications due March 1
The Delaware Division of the Arts has opened its annual online application process for grants for arts programming and projects taking place during fiscal year 2023, September 2022 to August 2023.
Applications will be submitted through the SmartDE online system and are due by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1.
To watch the 30-minute SmartDE demonstration video, go to YouTube and search SmartDE introduction.
The guidelines for all grant programs and their respective deadlines are available online at arts.delaware.gov/grant-overview. Past and new applicants should read the guidelines carefully and call division staff with any questions.
Some organizational grants are available throughout the year on a rolling deadline basis.
Digital mapping entries due May 1
The Delaware Department of Education, in conjunction with the state’s geospatial education community, encourages Delaware middle and high school students to join Esri’s 2022 ArcGIS webapp competition. Students are challenged to create and share interactive mapping projects using ESRI ArcGIS software. Delaware entrants to this national competition must create a digital map or Storymap that highlights facts and features unique to Delaware.
Assistance is available to teachers and students who have limited knowledge of how to create an ArcGIS Storymap or web app. Delaware’s top five middle and top five high school students each will be awarded a $100 cash prize. The state also will select one middle school and one high school entrant to compete nationally. Winners at the national level each will earn a trip to the 2022 Esri Education Summit in San Diego, Calif.
“We’re excited to be part of a competition that gives our students a chance to practice real-world skills in both an enjoyable and a meaningful way,” said Christine Alois, deputy secretary of education.