55th Maryland Dairy Princess crowned

CM-RP-25-1-MD-Dairy-PrincessFREDERICK, MD — Mackenzie Underwood’s wish came true when she was crowned the 55th Maryland Dairy Princess. “I feel good about it. It feels good to bring this back to Cecil County,” she said of her new title. The last time a state dairy princess hailed from Cecil County was in 1970. Her aunt is also a past dairy princess, and Underwood said she is happy to follow in her footsteps, spending the next year promoting dairy products to consumers. [Read more…]

Getting rid of the dirt: pastured poultry

CW-MR-50-1-Getting-rid-of-the-dirt1by Tamara Scully

Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]

Maryland renews high path avian influenza emergency orders

Poultry entering state must be tested or certified healthy

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture has extended Emergency Orders to prevent High Path Avian Influenza from infecting Maryland poultry flocks. These measures are in response to the continuing threat of an outbreak. The quarantine orders require all hatching eggs and poultry entering the state to be tested within 10 days or come from certified clean sources. Poultry markets must maintain records of all birds sold or purchased. The quarantine also orders that all commercial poultry farms must meet basic biosecurity and sanitation practices, including: [Read more…]

Navigating and negotiating permits and regulations key in promoting agritourism

CF4-GR--MR-4-NAVIGATING-PERMITSby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Opening your agricultural doors and inviting the public in to enjoy a day in the country touring your farm, picking their own fruit and vegetables, or other events to promote your farm and agriculture in general may sound like a great way to drum up business.

Did you know if you don’t make special handicap accommodations you can be sued (of course these suits always include attorney’s fees)? [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]