Ag Horizons Conference

Thursday, August 15, 2019     9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

A lot can happen on a farm and in the farm community over the course of a year. When a new farm bill is introduced, it can be doubly eventful. In order to take stock of the past crop year and to plan for future ones, the Ag Horizons Conference aims to serve as a State of Agriculture meeting for Delmarva producers and ag influencers.

Organized by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the USDA Risk Management Agency, the Ag Horizons Conference will feature sessions appealing to producers of a variety of commodities, including poultry, grain, and specialty crops, and will focus on changes brought about by new farm policy.


8:45 a.m.  Registration

9:00 a.m.  Welcome
Laurie Wolinski, Extension Agent, University of Delaware

9:05 a.m.  Delaware Department of Agriculture Update
Michael Scuse, Secretary of Agriculture

9:30 a.m.  Farm Service Agency
• ARC/PLC changes in farm bill
• Increases in farm loan limits
• Dairy Margin Coverage Program
• 2019 Market Facilitation Program
Sean McKeon, State Executive Director

10:00 a.m.  Risk Management Agency
• Farm Bill updates
• Double Cropping
• Unit Identification
Alex Sereno, Director, Raleigh Regional Office

10:45 a.m.  Break

11:00 a.m.  Delaware Poultry Industry
• Updates on Market Trends, Production and Environmental Challenges
James Fisher, Communications Manager

11:15 a.m.  Natural Resources Conservation District
• 2018 Farm Bill updates to Conservation Programs
Brooke Jones, District Conservationist

11:30 a.m.  USDA/UD Extension Risk Management Education Partnership
• Recap of How Crop Insurance Performed in 2018
• One Farmer’s Experience with Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)
Don Clifton, Program Specialist, Farmers First Services, Inc.

12:15 p.m.  Lunch & Networking

Register for the Ag Horizons Conference by emailing or or by calling 302-831-2538. Registration is encouraged to ensure proper resources are available to each attendee.