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Md. ag agents reach the beach (Editorial)

(June 9, 2015) The agricultural agents of Maryland were determined to hold their June annual meeting in Ocean City, despite being informed by the Extension brass in College Park that the bank was closed.
For years, the University of Maryland and Extension have picked up the tab for the agents’ two-day education and training conference but not this year, the agents were informed.
A university-wide budget crunch had nixed the O.C. gathering.
Hold on, said the agents. We’ve got some friends.
A few telephone calls and the agents had two sponsors for their meeting — Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Agricultural Law and Education Center.
The ag agents will still have to dig into their own pockets for travel and lodging expenses, but they expected that, and it’s no surprise.
The conference will be held June 18-19 at The Dunes. The two-day, all-day agenda includes an ag law training session, a debut of presentations which some of the agents will make at the national ag agents conference, the election of officers and the recognition and honoring of the 2015 honorary county ag agent and the award of the Maryland Association of County Agent Agents’ coveted distinguished service to agriculture award.
We are delighted that the conference has been rescued from the budget’s casualty list.
The Maryland ag agents, often joined by their colleagues in Delaware, are fewer in number, often doing double and triple duty in adjoining counties, determined to stay on a career track despite bumps — and often pot holes — in the road
A little fellowship — it’s not on the agenda, but it’s there — can go a long way.