Happy October! I hope everyone is ready for pumpkins, apples, Halloween and everything else this month has to offer, especially in our agriculture community, I know I am! To kick off this month, below is this weeks news and updates.Read More
We made to September already! Hopefully your summer was great and are gearing up for Fall, despite the hot temperatures. To start your September off right, we have compiled what seemed to be an active week in ag news for you. Happy Fall!Read More
Good morning everyone! Hopefully August is treating you well thus far. We have a few updates from case law to a link to the webinar on Thursday for your viewing pleasure. Although we don't have a long list of updates for you today, we always want to hear any and all feedback! Email us today and let us know what questions you have and even what kinds of topics would you like to see as a webinar in the future. Enjoy todays news and have a wonderful weekend!Read More
Poultry Industry Critical of O’Malley’s Biofuel Stance. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is winning praise from corn farmers in Iowa for his support of a federal mandate to blend biofuels into gasoline. But the stance does not sit well with the poultry industry in his home state. Because much of the biofuel used to meet the federal standard is corn-based ethanol, the requirement helps drive up the price of the crop — a boon for the farmers who grow it. But poultry producers, who fatten their birds with corn feed, want to keep the price low. Click here to read the full story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-omalley-farmers-20150724-story.html#page=1Read More
Good morning! I hope everyone had a good week and is about to, or is already, enjoying their weekend with this beautiful weather. To round out the week in news updates, we have a list of case law updates, reminders, and more. Happy reading!Read More
Happy Friday everyone! As we slide into July next week, enjoy reading the last news and updates for the month of June. Have a great weekend!Read More
It is fitting this news post was scheduled for me this week (which is also by pure accident), but 1 year ago this week I launched this blog to cover issues I was working on in my Extension program (farm policy/crop insurance, ag law, and anything else I feel about writing about) with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Over the past year, we have grown first adding Ashley on, then Sarah and Wele, and now Hannah. Hopefully the site will continue to grow in year 2 to cover more ag issues important to Maryland. Thank you all for reading, visiting, and sharing posts on the site. On that note, lets talk about some news.Read More
Happy Friday! Hopefully everyone is staying warm and shoveling away all that snow from yesterday. Spring is surely not far away (crossing my fingers!). Below is this week's ag news updates, enjoy and have a great weekend!
Caroline County is Top Ag County- According to the results from a federal nationwide census done every five years, and the farm bureau announced its ranking at its annual farm bureau banquet Friday, Feb. 27, at the Goldsboro Fire Hall. Caroline County is number one in barley, wheat and vegetables. Number two in soybeans and total grain sales. Caroline County does more agriculture sales than the bottom ten counties combined. http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/news/caroline_county/article_c5ff9d28-dc76-5f68-ae01-ef3c253574c2.html
MDA Launches 2015 “Manure Happens” Campaign- The Maryland Department of Agriculture has launched a campaign to help educate citizens on how farmers manage manure. The campaign launched March 1st in newspapers and social media sites. To read more about the campaign click the following link: http://news.maryland.gov/mda/press-release/2015/02/27/mda-launches-2015-manure-happens-campaign/
New Crop Insurance Publication Available - The 2014 Farm Bill replaced the AGR and AGR-Lite crop insurance programs with a new Whole Farm Crop Insurance program. Whole Farm provides a risk management tool for all commodities on a farm under one policy. A fact sheet laying out the new policy for Maryland producers was released this week. You can view the new publication here http://drum.lib.umd.edu/handle/1903/16317.
Spring crop signup deadline fast approaching - The deadline to purchase crop insurance for spring planted crops is fast approaching. Coverage on corn, soybeans, and other spring planted crops must be purchased by March 16th. RMA also ended the price discovery period for spring planted crops with projected price of $4.15/bu for corn and $9.73/bu for soybeans. For more information on the 2015 crop insurance decision, see http://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2015/03/crop-insurance-decisions-for-2015.html.
USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs-On Feb. 27, 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20150227_rel_0051.html
USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for March 2015- On March 2, 2015 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for March 2015. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for March is 0.250 percent, unchanged from 0.250 percent in February. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20150302_rel_0022.html