By Sarah Fielder
A Growing Number of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs to Farm For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture. Sixty-nine percent of the surveyed young farmers had college degrees — significantly higher than the general population. To read the full story go here: https://go.umd.edu/xdj
Mid-Shore Farm and Forestry Succession Workshop December 18, Caroline County Extension Office, 9194 Legion Road, Denton, Maryland, Cost: $10, to register online go to https://midshoreworkshop.eventbrite.com/ and anyone with questions should call 410-479-4030.
Food Safety and Recall Readiness Workshop for CSA Operators January 10, Priapi Gardens, Cecilton, Maryland, to register online go to https://csa-foodsafety-workshop.eventbrite.com, anyone with questions please contact Sarah Everhart, 410-458-2475.
Food Safety and Recall Readiness for On-Farm Market Operators January 19, Butler’s Orchard, Germantown, Maryland, to register online go to https://go.umd.edu/xd9, anyone with questions please contact Sarah Everhart, 410-458-2475.
Food Safety and Recall Readiness for Agritourism Operators January 25, Forrest Hall Farm, Mechanicsville, Maryland to register online go to https://go.umd.edu/xdy, anyone with questions please contact Sarah Everhart, 410-458-2475.
Emissions Reporting Stayed Until Jan. 22, 2018 The DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay to delay emissions reporting the court required under CERCLA till Jan. 22, 2018. The reporting requirement applies to large animal facilities releasing more than 100lbs of ammonia per day. To learn more about the reporting process, click here http://bit.ly/2hvsPDw.
North Dakota Sets Limits on In-Season Dicamba Usage North Dakota became the latest state to develop in season restrictions on using dicamba on soybeans. No applications will be allowed after June 30 with further restrictions placed on how the new dicambas can be used prior to June 30th. To see the restrictions, click here http://bit.ly/2AvRtiw.
Net Farm Incomes Trend Upwards After 3 years of declines, net farm incomes ticked up for 2017 by 2.7 percent. Net cash farm incomes are also on track to be higher in 2017, according to USDA-ERS. To see more on farm incomes increasing for 2017, click here http://bit.ly/2AuuwfS.
Save the Date for the Ag Outlook and Policy Conference The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics annual Ag Outlook and Policy will be held on Dec. 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Annapolis. The conference will feature Dr. Vincent Smith with Montana State University discussing the current farm bill debate. Register at https://go.umd.edu/AREC17.