Targeting Johne's: Stopping Johne's Disease From Robbing Your Profits meeting, Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mountain Gate Restaurant, Thurmont. For farmers, veterinarians and anyone interested in the Maryland beef and dairy cattle industries. Features Dr. Mike Collins, full professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and member of the National Johne's Working Group; Maryland Johne's Disease Coordinator Dr. Susan Williamson; and Dr. Robert Peters of the University of Maryland. Offered locally at three locations. Free. Lunch provided. For reservations, call 301-631-3576, fax 301-694-1588 or e-mail before Dec. 29.

Targeting Johne's: Stopping Johne's Disease From Robbing Your Profits meeting, Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster. Free. Lunch provided. For reservations, call 410-386-2760, fax 410-876-0132 or e-mail before Dec. 29.

Targeting Johne's: Stopping Johne's Disease From Robbing Your Profits meeting, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Maugansville Ruritan Building. Free. Lunch provided. For reservations, call 301-791-1304, fax 301-791-1048 or e-mail before Dec. 29.

Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association 13th Annual Winter Meeting, Jan. 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis. Themed "Farmers and Consumers Building Communities." Two keynote speakers on sustainable agriculture in Cuba and farming and nutrition, homegrown potluck lunch, community supported agriculture information, workshops and an auction. Open to the public. Registration is $15 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Advance registration encouraged. Call Doug Britt at 301-432-2624 or Mike and Michelle Klein at 301-579-2105.

Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 10-16, Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa. Visit

American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, Jan. 11-14, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Glade Valley Grange Meeting, Jan. 13, United Church of Christ, Walkersville, 7:30 p.m. Lecturer in charge of program. Bill and Barbara Crum host refreshments. Call 301-898-9937.

National Western Stock Show Angus activities, Jan. 13-17, Denver, Colo. Super Point Roll of Victory and National Angus shows, junior heifer show, pen and carload show, National Western Angus Bull Sale, reception and Listening Post. Call 816-383-5152.

Dairy Risk Management Program, Jan. 14, Mountain Gate Restaurant, Thurmont. Free. Lunch provided. Call local extension agent to register.

Intermediate soil fertility workshop, Jan. 15, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis. Sponsored by the MDA Nutrient Management Program. Refresher course on soil fertility with discussion about the nutrient management cycle and how it relates to nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH, lime requirements and liming material. Six credit hours. To register, call 410-841-5959.

Horse World Expo, Jan. 15-18, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. Seminars and demonstrations by John Lyons, GaWaNi Pony Boy and Lynn Palm as well as agricultural and farm products. Call 301-916-0852 or 0853 or visit

Dairy Risk Management Program, Jan. 16, Maugansville Ruritan Club, Hagerstown. Free. Lunch provided. Call local extension agent to register.

Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference, January 16-17, Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Hagerstown. Preconference seminar, Establishing a Profitable, Sustainable Business, offered from 10 a.m.-noon Friday. $25 per person or $40 per couple for seminar. Conference topics include beekeeping, farming the forest, value-added dairy, e-commerce, agritourism, new wool opportunities and managing risk. Farmer panel and keynote speaker Eliot Coleman of Four Seasons Farm. Conference registration should be made by Jan. 8 and is $25 for members, $65 for nonmembers and $15 for students. Call 410-604-2681, visit or e-mail

Pest management conference, Jan. 22, Urbana Fire Hall. Registration at 7:30 a.m.; conference runs from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Topics include weed control, small pond management, turf nutrient management and pesticide updates. Hosted by Maryland Cooperative Extension and FALCAN. Preregistration fee is $40; $45 after Jan. 9 or at the door. Call 301-473-5678.

Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts winter meeting, Jan. 25-27, Radisson Hotel, Annapolis. Committee sessions, forum to develop policy, legislative breakfast and visits, general session and board of directors meeting. Meeting theme is "Confronting Conservation Challenges." Meal reservations are due to the Worcester Soil Conservation District by Jan. 9. Hotel reservations should be made no later than Jan. 4 by calling 410-224-3150.

Christian Farmers Outreach Inc. Kick-Off Dinner, Jan.30, Wilhelm Ltd., Westminster. Prepare for the March outreach luncheon, music and challenge. Call 410-374-2975.

58th Annual Meeting National Association of Conservation Districts, Feb. 1-5, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. Themed Coming Together to Care for Our Natural Resources. Visit, call 202-547-6223 or e-mail

Maryland Agriculture Legislative Dinner, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie. Maryland Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees presented. $75 donation includes membership in the council and one dinner ticket. Reservations due Jan. 15. Call Gail Yeiser at 301-405-2434.

Maryland nutrient management certification exam and mid-Atlantic certified crop adviser exam, Feb. 6, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis. Call Lynne Hoot regarding the crop adviser exam at 410-956-5771. To register for the nutrient management exam, call the department at 410-841-5959.

Landscape Contractors Association MD-DC-VA Winter Workshop, Feb. 10-12, Turf Valley Conference Center, Ellicott City. Pesticide recertification, certified landscape technician exam, Spanish sessions, design and management, and installation and maintenance. To register, visit or call 301-948-0810.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 19-20, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. Highlights 2004 farm and commodity prospects and top issues for farmers. Attendees receive long-term commodity projections to 2013. Registration is $265 if paid by Jan. 19. Visit or call 202-314-4701. Call the hotel for discounted reservations at 703-920-3230.

Frederick County Agriculture Week at the Frederick Towne Mall, Feb. 22-29.

Ninth Annual Pancake Day Supper, Feb. 24, Dining Hall, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship.

Horse World Expo, Feb. 27-29, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Seminars and demonstrations by John Lyons, GaWaNi Pony Boy and Lynn Palm as well as agricultural and farm products. Call 301-916-0852 or 0853 or visit

Commodity Classic convention and trade show, March 2-4, Las Vegas, Nev. Corn and soybean farmers learn more about farm efficiency and profitability. General session features a panel of experts discussing the future of renewable fuels, followed by entertainment and a motivational message. Call 636-928-3700 or visit

Christian Farmers Outreach Inc. Annual Luncheon, March 6, noon-2:30 p.m., Wilhelm Ltd. Westminster. Guest speaker is Dr. Ben Carson, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who participated in the unsuccessful attempt to separate adult Iranian twins in Singapore. Call 410-374-2975.

Maryland Holstein Convention, March 12-13, Kent Island American Legion, Queenstown. Albert Cormier will speak, and the juniors will visit the Naval Academy. Nominees are needed for the Junior and Senior Breeder awards and the Distinguished Service Award, and the deadline for application is Dec. 31. Consignments for the sale are due Jan. 15. Contact Chris Hill at 301-829-9451 for information on the sale. Contact Donna Reese at 410-871-1055 for information on the convention.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids National Conference, March 12-13, Des Moines, Iowa. Themed "Score 4 Farm Safety ... Everyone Wins." Meet with farm safety and health advocates, training, chapter awards, keynote address and ag olympics. Call 800-423-5437, e-mail or visit

First Equine Event East, March 19-21, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Va. Vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, stallion extravaganza, clinics and entertainment. To reserve booth space or inquire about sponsorships, call Janice Donahue at 410-321-9559. Visit

University of Maryland Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Reunion and Awards Celebration, April 21, Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, Ellicott City. Social hour and silent auction, 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Call Gail Yeiser at 301-405-2434 or visit

University of Maryland Ag Day, April 24, University of Maryland, College Park. Begins with make-your-own omelets from 9-10 a.m., followed by Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Chapter Annual Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Animal and Avian Sciences/Biological Resources Engineering Complex.

30th Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf Sale, April 24, Frederick.

National Ag in the Classroom Conference, June 23-26, Albuquerque, N.M. Teachers and agricultural leaders are invited.

Christian Farmers Outreach Inc. walking stick work day, July 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Lippy Farm. Tie rawhides to walking sticks used in ministry. Refreshments, hot dogs and sweet corn. Call 410-374-2975.

Christian Farmers Outreach Inc. annual summer picnic, July 25, 4 p.m., Foggy Bottom Farm, Hampstead. Food served at 5:30 p.m. Encouraging messages and inspirational music. Call 410-374-2975.

Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show, Sept. 9-11, Catoctin High School, Thurmont.

World Dairy Expo, Sept. 28-Oct. 3, Madison, Wis.

Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation banquet, Nov. 4.


Garden of Lights: The Ultimate Magical Visual Experience, Dec. 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30; and Jan. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11, 5:30-9 p.m., Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Last cars admitted at 8:30 p.m. Illuminated outdoor winter garden walk electrifies the landscape with over 600,000 tiny colored twinklers. New displays include a rainbow and falling snow complete with sounds of thunder, lightning and rain. Warm meals in the auditorium. $15 admission per car or van Friday, Saturday and Sunday and $10 all other days. Cash only at entrance. Call 301-962-1453. Buses should register in advance at 301-962-1457.

Holiday Display: A Gardener's Holiday, daily through Jan. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., conservatories at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. A fiery riot of color lights up the north house with hot pepper plants, cyclamen, poinsettias, festive living wreaths and more. In the south house, gardeners adorn cut trees that celebrate nature and a love of the natural world. Trimmings feature garden materials from seed heads to tools. Free. Call 301-962-1400 or visit

18th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium, Jan. 23-25, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. Lectures, slide shows, question-and-answer sessions, banquet and keynote speaker Greg Grange, coauthor of "The Southern Heirloom Garden." Preconference workshops available and are $75. Symposium registration is $208. Call 800-225-5292, ext. 5153, or e-mail

Mason-Dixon Chapter American Rhododendron Society meeting, Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Topic is caring for nursery plants. Visit

15th annual Maymont Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 19-22, 9 a.m., Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, Va. Theme is Festivals in Flower, blending two global pasttimes: gardening and celebrating. Victorian tea and fashion show, exhibits, speaker series, marketplace, Flowers After Hours and associated shows. Advanced tickets are $12, and regular admission is $14. Evening admission is $7. Children under age 12 admitted free. Call 804-358-7166, e-mail or visit

Green Matters Symposium: Exotic Invasive Plants, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Auditorium, Wheaton. Topics include invasive exotic plants, mid-Atlantic invasive plants, weeding, the right plant for the right place and ivy. Walk to identify non-native invasive species. Registration is $59 by Jan. 27 and $69 thereafter. Registration required by calling 301-962-1451. For more information, call 301-962-1400 or visit

Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association's Tenth Anniversary Flower and Garden Show, March 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and March 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Athletic, Recreation and Community Center. The Bountiful Garden is the theme. Vendors feature lawn and garden equipment, pottery and statuary, pools, landscaping, tree services, stone products, home decor and natural gourmet gifts from the garden. Vendors are needed by Jan. 14. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 346.

Mason-Dixon Chapter American Rhododendron Society meeting, April 4, 2 p.m., Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Panel discussion on hybridizing. Visit

Historic Garden Week in Virginia, April 17-25. Virginia's finest homes, gardens and historic landmarks open on more than 30 tours across the state. Prices for tour tickets range from $10 to $30. For a schedule, call 804-644-7776 or visit For a 220-page guidebook, send $5 to Historic Garden Week, 12 E. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23219.

59th annual Eastern Shore of Virginia Historic Garden Tour, April 24. Seven homes open, including several new ones. Visit

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