Cecil County Agriculture


Doris Behnke

Principal Agent Associate






Nutrient Management Advisor



Donna Witkowski

Administrative Assistant



August 2022







Greetings to All!

I hope each of you were able to attend the Cecil County Fair this year.  I would like to Thank Everyone that was able to attend the AG Showcase this year; we broke our record for attendance.  I think the weather had something to do with that.

PLUS, we had an awesome FREE lunch sponsored by the Office of Economic Development, that was sourced locally and prepared by Robin at Rumble Way Farm. The lunch was delicious.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Doris Behnke

Principal Agent Associate


Master Gardener Coordinator

dbehnke@umd.edu, 410.996.8135


Cecil County Fair

Ag Showcase 2022

(left)  Henry "Hank" Passi, of Eagle's Roost Farm in North East, received the Maryland Association of Agriculture Agents (MACAA) Service to Ag Award. 

(above) Broadleaf Outdoors demonstrates their company's portable sawmill.

(above) Agents Ryan and Alex provide showcase attendees information on the Farm Stress Management Program offered through University of Maryland Extension.

(above) Maryland Secretary of Agriculture, Joe Bartenfelder, listens to presenters before his presentation.

An Interactive View of AGNR Across Maryland

Users are invited to virtually tour AGNR's off-campus

research and education centers.

A new interactive virtual reality experience highlighting the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources’ (AGNR) off-campus assets is available, designed to educate researchers, students, and the public about applied research and available community assistance throughout Maryland. 

Dubbed the Center for Excellence in Animal and Crop Production (CECAP), the online platform denotes AGNR’s eight Research and Education Centers (RECs), as well as the University of Maryland Extension offices in each county. The Center provides a dynamic look at current research projects happening across Maryland, lead investigators, and other hosted programs, using photos, videos, links and other materials. 

Viewers can get a quick overview of the RECs through a virtual tour experience or, with just a few simple clicks, dive deep into current research and extension programs. Each REC is unique in its features and offerings, but all REC pages have links to staff directories, center websites, media (pictures and videos), and contact information. Visitors are encouraged to return to the Center frequently to learn about the current year's research projects, events, and publications. 

CECAP can be accessed at https://go.umd.edu/apsteam. This project was developed and funded by the AGNR “Advance Innovative, Profitable, and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems” Strategic Initiatives Team. 


August 1

ALEI August Webinar Series 2022- Choosing Your Farm Business Structure

August 3

Field Crops Research Twilight, Barbecue and Ice Cream Social

August 3

ANMP Summer Series Part 2: Optimizing Fertilizer Use and Phosphorus Mining

August 8

ALEI August Webinar Series 2022-Business Transitions & Estate Planning Considerations

August 9

Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Pasture Management: Stockpiling Tips

August 10

Wednesday Webinar: Understanding Herbicide Resistance and Adapting Your Weed Management Program

August 15

ALEI August Webinar Series 2022- Figuring Out Farm Business Insurance Needs Webinar

August 16

New MDA Animal Diagnostic Lab and Education Tour

August 16

Poultry Grower Field Day

August 16

Solar on the Farm Webinar

August 17

Wednesday Water Webinar - Top Tips to Care for Your Septic System

August 17

We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action

August 22

ALEI August Webinar Series 2022-Understanding Tax & Accounting Implications of Business Structures

August 24

Wednesday Webinar: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency

August 25

Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm

August 25

Maryland State Fair Begins

August 31

ALEI August Webinar Series 2022-Putting It Together - Butterbee Farms, LLC


Farmers who are looking for financing options to operate a farm or buy land can answer a few simple questions about what they are looking to fund and how much money they need to borrow. After submitting their answers, farmers will receive information on farm loans that best fit their specific needs. The loan application and additional resources also will be provided.

Farmers.gov Feature Helps Producers Find Farm Loans that Fit Their Operation

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help.

Farmers and ranchers can use the Farm Loan Discovery Tool on farmers.gov to find information on USDA farm loans that may best fit their operations.

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Are You a Farmer in Need of Nutrient Management Planning Assistance?

How can we help you? We've compiled some of the most commonly requested resources to help Maryland farmers with agricultural nutrient management needs.  Visit our website for information and resources.

ANMP Website


Extension SLF Website
Report to MDA

They're Back!!!!!

Spotted Lanternfly Active and Visible!

What Does this Mean for You?

Be vigilant and do your part in helping to lessen their impact on our environment.

There are several ways you can manage them to lessen their negative impact on our environment. Check out the tips and resources below.

Management Tips
Resources for Residents


ALEI August Webinar Series 2022

Legal Considerations for Choosing Your Farm Business Structure

This series of webinars will help new and beginning farm entrepreneurs understand their options when choosing a business structure.


The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) began in 2013 in response to a realization that Maryland’s farm families need more information about the laws that impact their operations. ALEI is comprised of legal specialists and other extension specialists who help farmers understand and comply with state, federal and local laws and regulations.

Maryland Risk Management


The educational blogs and podcasts provide readers and listeners with information on risk management issues important to Maryland agriculture, upcoming events, and new materials that may interest readers.

Blogs and podcasts focus on issues related to agricultural policy, insurance and law.
Visit the Website
ALEI Videos Available
The University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative website has many informative videos available for viewing. Topics include, but are not limited to: Agritourism, business entities, contracting, marketing, the legal system, leasing, succession planning, food safety, farmland, labor, liability, livestock, and water law.
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Results from the University of Maryland Small Grain Variety Trials are available. 

University of Maryland also rates the relative susceptibility of select varieties of wheat and barley to Fusarium head blight.

For questions regarding the small grain trials, contact Dr. Vijay Tiwari (vktiwari@umd.edu) or Dr. Nidhi Rawat (nidhirwt@umd.edu). 

If you’d like to learn more about how to interpret variety trial data, view our fact sheet by clicking here.

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