County Farmers, Conservation Experts Highlighted in New MD Agriculture Video Series

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has launched a new video series that spotlights Maryland farmers who are making a difference for our state’s natural resources and the Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture and conservation go hand in hand by protecting Maryland's natural resources. Farmers from several counties including Frederick, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel are making a difference and are spotlighted in MDA's new video series. “Our new video series invites viewers to the farm to learn…

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A Cleaner Chesapeake Bay: Conservation Buffer Initiative Signups Open Jan. 10

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that the signup period for its Conservation Buffer Initiative will run from January 10 to February 18, 2022. This is the second year the Conservation Buffer Initiative has run, aiming to give farmers an incentive to plant streamside buffers to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan includes a goal to plant 63,980 acres of buffers by 2025. As of June 30,…

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St. Marys Signs MOU for Regional Ag. Center Construction

St. Mary's recently signed an MOU with Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission to authorize construction of a Regional Agricultural Center.   Last week the Commissioners of St. Mary's County signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) to authorize funding for the construction of the Regional Agricultural Center (RAC) in St. Mary's County. Under the MOU, the county will provide $4.7mil toward the project, and SMADC will contribute…

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Pandemic Spending Workgroup to Hear from Depts. of Human Services, Ag

Departments of Human Services and Agriculture to discuss relief programs; Child care advocates to share issues receiving critical federal, state aid. The Comptroller's Workgroup on Pandemic Spending will hold its fifth meeting on Wednesday, December 8, at 1:30 pm to continue its review of state and federal COVID-related spending. The Maryland State Child Care Association executive director and the owner of a Pasadena child care center will share the challenges they have faced receiving federal…

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Turkey Costs Flying High

Maryland turkey farmers are seeing rising costs of production and high sales volumes. Local governments are no stranger to managing supply chain difficulties as a result of the pandemic. But these constraints are now pouring over onto our holiday tables. Small turkey farmers across Maryland's 24 counties are experiencing hikes in both the cost of raising turkeys and the prices they can receive at market. Conduit Street readers will know supply chain constraints are nothing…

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Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism #MACoCon

The world is changing, and with it, the business model around agriculture. Maryland has recently seen a growing number of farms embrace agritourism as a new innovative part of their business. But this new revenue generator has brought with it just as many challenges as opportunities. County leaders and farmers need to work together to redefine the future of farming. At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism,” an expert panel…

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Washington Announces 2021-2022 Farm of the Year

The Washington County Department of Business Development announced today the 2021-2022 Farm of the Year, Ivy Hill Farm. The Farm of the Year program recognizes a Washington County farm that showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. Production, conservation, preservation, community involvement, and dedication to farming and agriculture, are the gold standard for this award. Applications are accepted annually from August to September and after judging, the winner…

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Fingers Crossed for Oyster Industry Rebound

Oyster farmers believe that the holiday season will help the industry rebound from pandemic-related fall in demand. One of the major industries in the great state of Mayland is harvesting seafood. Besides the Maryland Blue Crab, which has been one of the official state animals since 1989, the oyster is a popular and important part of Maryland's seafood industry. In 2020, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation found, "...oyster aquaculture operations in Maryland contribute an average of…

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UMD to hold 2021 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The seventh annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will be hosted virtually at the University of Maryland.  The University of Maryland will be virtually hosting the seventh annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference (AELC). The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. - noon. According to UMD:  This unique event brings together stakeholders from Maryland’s agriculture, conservation, and legal fields to focus on the…

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BGE Brings BioGas to Maryland

After winning approval from the Public Service Commission in late August, BGE becomes the first Maryland utility to use biogas in its distribution system.  Baltimore Gas and Electric has become the first utility in Maryland to use biogas in its distribution system. The recent addition of this new fuel comes on the heels of the Public Service Commission's late August approval of BGE's request. According to WTOP: “This first RNG project in Maryland [will] jump-start…

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