By Sarah Fielder
USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts The Natural Resource Conservation Service has announced renewal options for those with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. CSP is the largest working lands conservation program administered by USDA and changes were made in 2016 to make the program work better for those producers looking to improve conservation practices on their lands. To learn more about the renewal options, see http://bit.ly/2oy7heQ.
Do You Have a Right to Repair? The right to repair new equipment (tractors, sprayers, combines, etc) is an issue being hotly debated in the ag industry. The issue can pit ag equipment manufacturers against producers looking to save money and time required to get an approved service provider out to the farm. Successful Farming recently ran a story highlighting the issue with Todd Janzen, an ag law attorney in Indiana who is an expert on this subject, and others in the industry. To see the article by Laurie Bedord, click here http://bit.ly/2n91e0x.
Upcoming Farm Succession Workshop Reminder that on April 18 in Leonardtown, MD at the St. Mary’s County UME office a farm succession workshop will be held from 9am to 2pm. The workshop is focused on handing the farm off to the next generation successfully and will include sessions on communication, business planning, forested land planning, and estate planning. To get more details, please see http://bit.ly/2oCrEbf.
Md. horse tests positive for EHV-1. A horse stabled in Anne Arundel has tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic form of Equine Herpes Virus. To read more click here.
Value-Added Producer Grant Workshop– April 18, 10a.m.-2p.m., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, to register go here.