Event Spotlight: Chesapeake Bay Program Expert Panels

Posted: August 1, 2015

Open Sessions Set for August, September

The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agriculture Workgroup invites interested individuals to attend four expert panel open session meetings in August and September.

Expert panels on conservation tillage, manure injection and incorporation, cover crops and nutrient management were approved by the workgroup in March 2015. The panels are charged with evaluating, quantifying and defining the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reduction benefits of these best management practices for purposes of meeting water quality improvement goals under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Several Penn State researchers are members of the expert panels, including Sjoerd Duiker (conservation tillage), Robb Meinen (manure injection and incorporation), Charlie White (cover crops), and Doug Beegle (nutrient management).

The open sessions are designed to provide context for the work of the panels to members and stakeholders and allow for input to the panels from others in the form of presentations or discussion. Such input may address data, policy and regulations, experiences with implementation, tracking and reporting credits, or other relevant information.  

Individuals interested in attending in person or remotely are asked to RSVP at  Presenters must RSVP at least two weeks in advance. Non-presenters must RSVP at least a week in advance. Presentations will not be presented remotely, so in person attendance is required for all presenters.  

Details on each session are provided below.  Questions can be directed to Emma Geise at

Conservation Tillage Phase 6.0 Expert Panel Open Session
August 10th 10:30AM-12:00PM

University of Maryland Extension - Washington County
7303 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Event website:
Presenters RSVP by July 27

Manure Injection & Incorporation Phase 6.0 Expert Panel Open Session
August 11th 1:00PM-2:00PM

University of Maryland Extension – Frederick County
330 Montevue Ln
Frederick, MD 21702
Event website:
Presenters RSVP by July 28 

Cover Crops Phase 6.0 Expert Panel Open Session
August 19th 1:00PM-2:00PM

Chesapeake Bay Program Office
Joe Macknis Memorial Conference Room - Fish Shack (Green Building)
410 Severn Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403
Event website:
Presenters RSVP by August 5

Nutrient Management Phase 6.0 Expert Panel Open Session
September 10th 9:30AM-11:30AM

USGS Water Science Center
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21228
Event website:
Presenters RSVP by August 27