agriculture http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Nominations Being Accepted for MD Agriculture's Hall of Fame http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nominations-being-accepted-md-agricultures-hall-fame <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are accepting nominations for the Governor's Agricultural Hall of Fame.</p><p>The Maryland Department of Agriculture says nominations are due Sept. 9. Officials are looking to honor farm families who have dedicated their lives to farming. The families that are selected to be inducted into the hall of fame will be honored during the Taste of Maryland Agriculture on Feb. 5, 2015.</p><p>Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible to be inducted into the hall of fame, which was established in 1991.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:48:14 +0000 Don Rush 57419 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Nominations Being Accepted for MD Agriculture's Hall of Fame Doug Gansler's Uphill Battle to Become Maryland's Governor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/doug-ganslers-uphill-battle-become-marylands-governor <p>Public opinion polls show Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with a 20 plus lead over rival Attorney General Doug Gansler in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial primary race with Delegate Heather Mizeur a distance third.&nbsp; The Attorney General stopped by the studios of Delmarva Public Radio to discuss the race and the issues</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:19:05 +0000 Don Rush 55811 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Doug Gansler's Uphill Battle to Become Maryland's Governor GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gop-gubernatorial-candidate-david-craig-local-issues <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig took a tour through Wicomico County yesterday, and Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to focus on some local issues ranging from the wind farm in Somerset County and environmental issues to economic development in the region.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 12:44:14 +0000 Don Rush 53561 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues Watch Out for Invasive Species http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/watch-out-invasive-species <p>HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging residents to help reduce the spread of invasive species that pose a threat to agricultural and natural resources.</p><p>The agency says April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month.</p><p>The department says invasive pests often arrive on cargo ships or with people returning from foreign travel. But once here, they can spread due to people's carelessness.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:02:44 +0000 Don Rush 52762 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Watch Out for Invasive Species Andy Harris Threatens Md Over Phospherous Regulations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/andy-harris-threatens-md-over-phospherous-regulations <p>Representative Andy Harris says if the state does not implement the new phosphorous regulations for the agriculture industry properly he will take action on the federal level.</p><p>During a meeting with the Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis last week the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican congressman said if the new regulations hurt farmers then he will consider with holding money from the state of Maryland.</p><p>The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:44:26 +0000 Don Rush 50534 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Andy Harris Threatens Md Over Phospherous Regulations Number of Delaware Farms Declines, Value of Crops Goes Up http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/number-delaware-farms-declines-value-crops-goes <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new census of American agriculture shows that the number of farms in Delaware has declined over the past five years, while the value of crops and livestock they produce has increased.</p><p>A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in Delaware declined from 2,546 in 2007 to 2,457 in 2012.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:01:07 +0000 Don Rush 49672 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Number of Delaware Farms Declines, Value of Crops Goes Up A Less Popular Major Bids Goodbye the University of Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/less-popular-major-bids-goodbye-university-delaware <p>NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is saying goodbye to one of its less popular majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/18AT93S">WBEL-AM</a> reports that the school is eliminating it agricultural education major.</p><p>College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Mark Rieger says the major enrolls 11 students or about 1.5 percent of the student body. All students currently enrolled in the major will be able to get their degrees.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:01:19 +0000 Don Rush 42341 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Less Popular Major Bids Goodbye the University of Delaware Wet June Threatens Crops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wet-june-threatens-crops <p>It was the wettest June on record for Salisbury this year.</p><p>At the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport registered nearly 10 inches of rain.</p><p>In Downtown Salisbury it was higher at just over 11 inches.</p><p>June’s rainy weather included the impact of a derecho as well as remnants Tropical Storm Andrea.</p><p>All of this could threaten local crops that are already in the ground.</p><p>Those like cucumbers squashes and other vegetables are susceptible to mildew and other diseases.</p><p>And wheat kernals could also shrink after getting water soaked.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:00:01 +0000 Don Rush 37069 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wet June Threatens Crops Crop Planting Forecast is Down http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/crop-planting-forecast-down <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A survey of Virginia growers forecasts increased acres devoted to soybeans, tobacco, barley and wheat, while cotton and peanut plantings are down.</p><p>The survey of Virginia producers was conducted in early June by the National Agriculture Statistics Services. Plantings for three signature crops - tobacco, peanuts and cotton - offer a mixed bag. Tobacco plantings are up 9 percent, while cotton declined 19 percent and peanuts 30 percent.</p><p>Nearly 1.3 million acres are devoted to hay, a decrease of less than 1 percent.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:07:12 +0000 Don Rush 37010 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Crop Planting Forecast is Down Mikulski: Farm Bill Big Boost for Maryland Agriculture http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/mikulski-farm-bill-big-boost-maryland-agriculture <p>Senator Barbara Mikulski hailed the Senate passage of the farm bill declaring the measure would bolster Maryland’s $2 billion agricultural industry.</p><p>The Maryland Democrat said the legislation would provide a stronger safety net for dairy producers with a market stabilization program, while increasing agricultural block grants from $55 million to $70 million a year.</p><p>Maryland’s senior Senator also said that the Farm Bill made crucial reform to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that without reducing benefits or removing anyone from its rolls.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:12:48 +0000 Don Rush 35836 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Mikulski: Farm Bill Big Boost for Maryland Agriculture Agriculture Bill Divides Environmentalists in Maryland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/agriculture-bill-divides-environmentalists-maryland <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland senate committee has approved an agriculture certainty bill that has split support from environmental groups.</p><p>The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-4 to pass the bill Wednesday.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:40:40 +0000 Don Rush 31195 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Agriculture Bill Divides Environmentalists in Maryland Record Cover Crop in Maryland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/record-cover-crop-maryland-0 <P>SPARKS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has approved a record 607,000 acres of winter grains so far in the state's cover crop program.</P> <P>Lt. Gov. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:43:47 +0000 Don Rush 20063 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Record Cover Crop in Maryland New Maryland Program for Energy Efficient Farms http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-maryland-program-energy-efficient-farms <P>There’s a new energy efficiency grant for farmers.</P> <P>The Maryland Energy Administration says its new program would cover up to 75 percent of the cost associated with such items ranging from insulation and ventilation to irrigation.</P> <P>The new grant is named in honor of Kathleen Mathias, the late wife of State Senator Jim Mathias, who worked many years for the town of Ocean City.</P> <P>To qualify farmers and agricultural businesses must increase energy savings by 15 percent.</P> <P>The program is being funding by the US Department of energy which is providing $1 million to the Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:07:52 +0000 Don Rush 19774 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Maryland Program for Energy Efficient Farms Bill to Stall Implementation of Bay Restoration Rules Heard in Annapolis http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bill-stall-implementation-bay-restoration-rules-heard-annapolis <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland agriculture and environmental officials are opposing a bill to prohibit additional bay restoration regulations on farmers until other states in the watershed catch up to their pollution reductions.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:28:48 +0000 Don Rush 8256 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net