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9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

O'Malley Moves Forward with Phosphorus Regulations

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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Governor Martin O’Malley is going to move forward with the new phosphorus regulations.

An economic study has just been completed showing that the new rules could cost anywhere from $22 million to $50 million depending on the length of time take to implement them.

But the governor said that it’s time to move forward with the solutions endorsed by scientists and experts across the state to improve the health of the bay.

It could take as long as 6 years to implement.

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7:47 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Delaware Budget Hearings Begin

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware budget officials are starting to lay the groundwork for developing a budget for next fiscal year.

Budget director Ann Visalli and her staff are beginning meetings this week to hear budget requests from various state agencies.

The meetings begin Wednesday with agency hearings that include the agriculture and economic development departments, and the Department of State.

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10:26 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Anthony Brown's Offer to Jim Perdue

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at Salisbury University
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During a campaign swing through the Eastern Shore Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Governor Anthony Brown pledged that if elected he would personally invite Jim Perdue to meet with his administration on environmental regulations.

Perdue has complained that he does not feel that he has a seat at the table when it comes to environmental regulations.

After an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University, Brown was asked about Perdue’s remarks.

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8:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Nominations Being Accepted for MD Agriculture's Hall of Fame

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are accepting nominations for the Governor's Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

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9:19 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Doug Gansler's Uphill Battle to Become Maryland's Governor

Attorney Doug Gansler
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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.  The Attorney General stopped by the studios of Delmarva Public Radio to discuss the race and the issues

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8:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues

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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.

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10:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Watch Out for Invasive Species


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.

The agency says April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

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.

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10:44 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Andy Harris Threatens Md Over Phospherous Regulations

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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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.

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.

The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.

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12:01 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Number of Delaware Farms Declines, Value of Crops Goes Up

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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.

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.

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11:01 am
Fri October 4, 2013

A Less Popular Major Bids Goodbye the University of Delaware

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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.

WBEL-AM reports that the school is eliminating it agricultural education major.

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.

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10:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Wet June Threatens Crops

Corn Field
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It was the wettest June on record for Salisbury this year.

At the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport registered nearly 10 inches of rain.

In Downtown Salisbury it was higher at just over 11 inches.

June’s rainy weather included the impact of a derecho as well as remnants Tropical Storm Andrea.

All of this could threaten local crops that are already in the ground.

Those like cucumbers squashes and other vegetables are susceptible to mildew and other diseases.

And wheat kernals could also shrink after getting water soaked.

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9:07 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Crop Planting Forecast is Down

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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.

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.

Nearly 1.3 million acres are devoted to hay, a decrease of less than 1 percent.

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11:12 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Mikulski: Farm Bill Big Boost for Maryland Agriculture

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Senator Barbara Mikulski hailed the Senate passage of the farm bill declaring the measure would bolster Maryland’s $2 billion agricultural industry.

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.

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.

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11:40 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Agriculture Bill Divides Environmentalists in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland senate committee has approved an agriculture certainty bill that has split support from environmental groups.

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-4 to pass the bill Wednesday.

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3:43 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Record Cover Crop in Maryland

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SPARKS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has approved a record 607,000 acres of winter grains so far in the state's cover crop program.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance joined agricultural leaders and farmers made the announce today.

A record 1,860 farmers are participating in the program, and 152 of them are new to the initiative this year.

The record acreage represents 170 percent of the current two-year goals of the watershed implementation plan for cover crops.

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9:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Maryland Program for Energy Efficient Farms

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There’s a new energy efficiency grant for farmers.

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.

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.

To qualify farmers and agricultural businesses must increase energy savings by 15 percent.

8:28 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Bill to Stall Implementation of Bay Restoration Rules Heard in Annapolis


      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.

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