Private Partnership to Build Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Somerset

Site preparation is underway for a new anaerobic digestion plant in Somerset County thanks to a private partnership between enviro-tech company CleanBay Renewables Inc. and construction and engineering company Kiewit Corporation. Through the partnership, Kiewit will design and build CleanBay's bio-refinery in Westover, which will have the ability to recycle more than 150,000 tons of chicken litter annually for conversion to natural gas and fertilizer product. CleanBay will invest $200 million in capital for the…

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Trump Signs Landmark Conservation Bill

Today, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The landmark conservation bill provides $900 million annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the roughly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog for federal lands. Conservation advocates have seen many highs and lows since the bills introduction earlier this year. The President and congressional leadership initially signaled support for the move, but set it aside upon the arrival of the pandemic.…

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St. Mary’s Approves Farmers Market Nutrition Grant for Seniors
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St. Mary’s Approves Farmers Market Nutrition Grant for Seniors

A grant recently approved by St. Mary's County Commissioners will allow senior residents to purchase fresh produce from local farmers markets. From The Bay Net: The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) gives recipients 60 years of age and older, who are residents of St. Mary’s County and who are at or below the established federal poverty limit, a booklet of checks to use at recognized farmers markets. The checks can be used between now…

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Cecil DPW Manager Elected Chair of State Soil Conservation Committee

Cecil County Department of Public Works (DPW) Chief of the Stormwater Management Van Funk has been elected to serve as Chair of the State Soil Conservation Committee. The State Soil Conservation Committee provides guidance to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on issues such as soil conservation and water quality policy. The Committee is made up of members from various state departments and regional representatives. The Committee’s upcoming meeting is open to the public and will…

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State Senator, Community Groups Look to Tackle Food Insecurity and Stimulate Ag Economy

Maryland State Senator Katie Fry Hester and community organizations such as the the Howard County Farm Bureau, Howard County Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, and Howard County 4-H Extension are partnering to launch the Grow It Forward Fund. The Fund will be supported by a campaign aimed at meeting the needs of food-insecure communities while supporting local farmers. The partnership expects to supply local food pantries with 80,000 pounds of locally produced food and hopes…

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State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet June 18

The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet Thursday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. via conference call. The State Soil Conservation Committee provides guidance to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on issues such as soil conservation and water quality policy. The Committee is made up of members from various state departments and regional representatives. The Committee’s upcoming meeting is open to the public and will focus on soil conservation and water quality program implementation and policy…

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Queen Anne’s Steps Up Commitment to Ag Preservation

This week, Queen Anne's County Commissioners dedicated more resources to agriculture land preservation by enacting a "County Farmland Preservation Fund." The fund will receive the first $1 million from the county's personal property tax revenue drawn from large-scale solar developments. The fund will aid in the preservation of prime farmland through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) program, which typically receives funds from the agriculture transfer tax. Using state and county funds, Queen Anne's…

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State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet May 21

The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet Thursday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. via conference call. The State Soil Conservation Committee provides guidance to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on issues such as soil conservation and water quality policy. The Committee is made up of members from various state departments and regional representatives. The Committee's upcoming meeting is open to the public and will focus on soil conservation and water quality program implementation and policy…

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Free Agricultural Mediation Webinar

Join the National Agricultural Law Center for a free webinar to learn about the benefits of agricultural mediation and how it could positively impact your business or community. The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar entitled "Mediation as a Problem Solving Tool for Farmers and Agribusiness" on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00pm. The webinar will explore (1) The range of situations in which mediation has been proven to helpful…

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FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Webinar

The FCC is hosting a webinar discussing funding for rural areas to bridge the digital divide this Wednesday, May 20, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Several offices within the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) are hosting a webinar for state and local governments on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction. Through the auction the FCC will be awarding $16 billion for broadband deployment to service providers in underserved areas. According to the FCC…

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