Educational sessions to kick off Del. Ag Week
HARRINGTON, Del. — Educational sessions on poultry farming will help kick off Delaware Agriculture Week, Jan. 13-17 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.
The poultry session begins Monday Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. in the fairground’s Exhibit Hall Building with time to visit with exhibitors. Educational presentation begin at 2 p.m. with Georgie Cartanza, Extension poultry agent at University of Delaware, discussing the “Nuffield International Farming Scholarship: Innovations in Poultry Production.” Dr. Casey Ritz of the University of Georgia, next will talk about “Mortality Management and Neighbor Relations.” Jared Thomson of Integrated Poultry Services will give a presentation on “Litter Management Techniques to Optimize Flock and Litter Amendment Performance.” Dr. Jonathan Moyle, Extension poultry specialist at University of Maryland, will conclude the afternoon session with a discussion of biosecurity.
An evening poultry session on Jan. 13 will begin at 6 p.m. in the fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall with Ritz speaking on water quality and performance; Cartanza and Moyle will cover “Back to Basics” and Dr. Dan Bautista, director of the University of Delaware Lasher Lab, will talk about “Understanding Gut Health and How to Respond to Challenges.”
A program for small flock poultry growers is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall Board Room. Presentations for the small flock session is yet to be posted.
Poultry growers may also be interested in an EPA Farmer Roundtable hosted by Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall Board Room. Scuse will moderate discussion between Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio and members of the Delaware agricultural community. At the roundtable, EPA staff will provide updates on the agency’s national and regional programs and policies affecting agriculture and seek feedback from the Delaware agricultural community on the successes, challenges, and opportunities to work together on issues pertaining to agriculture and the environment.