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Bringing Back the Bay

Join us in Maryland as we visit part of the country's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, to get a front row view of how the area is leading the way in innovative conservation to improve water quality.
July 10
5:30 – 7:00 pm Evening Social – The Westin Annapolis
July 11
General overview of the day:
7:00 am
7:30 am Breakfast Buffet
7:45 am
History and overview of agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay
8:30 am
Buses depart The Westin Annapolis
9:15 – 10:15 am Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center – Grasonville, Maryland
Oyster Recover Program
10:45 am – 12:35 pm
Councell Farms – Cordova, Maryland
Conservation Planning and Soil Health
  - Soil pit, cover crops and no-till
  - Importance of plans from equipment to implementation
12:45 – 2:30 pm Lunch (Cordova Firehouse)
2:45 – 4:30 pm Hutchison Farms – Cordova, Maryland
Water Quality
  - Bioreactor demonstration, water quality and partner collaborations
  - 4Rs, technology and nitrogen modeling
4:45 – 7:00 pm Triple Creek Winery – Cordova, Maryland
Diversification in agriculture
  - Rotational grazing Hydroponic cucumbers
  - Vineyards

Dinner (Triple Creek Winery)
8:00 pm Buses arrive back at The Westin Annapolis

Hutchison Farms: The Hutchison Brothers grow corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, peas and lima beans for processing, and cucumbers for pickling. Their home farm sits on the Tuckahoe River and showcases advanced nutrient management practices including Greenseeker, bioreactors and water control structures.
Councell Farms: Chip Councell is a renowned 10th generation farmer both on the eastern shore and around the world for his nutrient management plan. Councell’s farm consists of over 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, fresh market vegetables and timber. The farm includes an agri-tourism operation offering a fruit and vegetable stand, an annual straw maze, and a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch. In 2015, the Councell family was inducted into Maryland’s Agriculture Hall of Fame.
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