11th annual Delaware Agriculture Week to be held at fairgrounds in Harrington

11th annual Delaware Agriculture Week to be held at fairgrounds in Harrington Jan. 11-14Approximately 2,000 agriculture stakeholders will learn best practices and new technologies, network with leading industry vendors and experts and meet with other agricultural producers at the 11th annual Delaware Agriculture Week to be held from Monday, Jan. 11, to Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware. “We are again looking forward to this year’s Delaware Ag Week. Individual session chairs have done a great job pulling session topics and speakers together,” said Cory Whaley, University of Delaware agriculture Extension agent and Delaware Ag Week chair. “This is a great event where attendees can get continuing education credits, visit with friends, and interact with local vendors.” The four-day event provides numerous sessions that cover a wide array of topics including small fruits, fresh market and processing vegetables, small flock and commercial poultry, grain crops – with wheat quality and marketing being this year’s focus in a special evening agronomic session – hay and pasture, beef cattle, irrigation, and marketing. A risk management session on retirement and succession planning will be featured. Nutrient management, pesticide and certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be offered. Also as part of Delaware Ag Week, the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition will host Meredith Lathbury Girard, a senior program officer with the Town Creek Foundation, who will give a talk on “A Regional Strategy for the Mid-Atlantic Food System” from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington. Networking and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit this website or contact Carrie Murphy at 302-831-COOP. Delaware Ag Week is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Agriculture is an $8 billion industry in Delaware according to a 2010 University of Delaware report that factors in agriculture jobs and related production, goods and services that support the largest industry in the First State. As with last year’s event, the main meeting area will be located in the Exhibit Hall, with additional meetings in the Exhibit Board Room and Commodities Building. A trade show, with more than 80 exhibitors, will take place in the Dover Building. The Delaware Ag Week website features a listing of daily sessions as well as the 2016 program book, available for download. This article can also be viewed on UDaily.