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WOODSTOCK, Md. (AP) - Maryland conservationists are joining federal and state agriculture officials in celebrating the first grants for Chesapeake Bay cleanup projects funded through the 2014 farm bill.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is leading the event Friday at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.

It comes two days after the federal Agriculture Department announced that Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

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NEW MIDWAY, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering Maryland farmers a chance to learn about changes in the 2014 Farm Bill affecting natural resources conservation.

The meeting Thursday morning in New Midway is the first of two in the state hosted by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The second session is set for May 8 in Princess Anne.

The USDA says the Farm Bill passed by Congress earlier this year consolidates several conservation programs in an attempt to streamline the administrative process and reduce the burden on agency staff.

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There may be a respite from the winter cold, but the homeless shelter in West Ocean City, Diakonia, is seeing a rapid rise in the demand for food from needy families. The uptick comes just as congress approved the Farm Bill with an $8.7 billion cut in food stamps. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Diakonia's executive director Claudia Nagle about the rise in demand for food.

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Animal rights groups are trying to tighten up federal laws against animal fighting in the Farm Bill that is now pending in Congress.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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The end of June saw big votes on Capitol Hill and big decisions by the United States Supreme  Court. Delmarva Public Radio's Don  Rush caught up with Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris (R-First District)  on his reaction to these events.


The defeat of the Farm Bill in the House by a vote of 195 to 234 yesterday has many Marylanders who rely on the Food Stamp program breathing a bit easier.

But as Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns reports there are fears for the future.

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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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Maryland farmers are looking to the lame duck session of congress to restore money that financially assists agriculture, conservation programs and food stamps.

Earlier this month leaders on Capitol Hill failed to reach agreement on the Farm Bill leaving Washington to campaign for their legislative offices in the last few weeks left before the November election.

Valerie Connelly with the Maryland Farm Bureau told the Salisbury Daily Times said that the absence of action will make it hard for farmers to make decisions in the coming months.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland senators say a farm bill passed by the Senate retains important bay conservation programs.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, meanwhile, says it is encouraged by the bill passed Thursday. The foundation says the Senate had originally eliminated $50 million a year in cost-share programs for farmers, which senators from bay states were able to save.