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If you’re planning on adding fertilizer to your lawn in Maryland, think again.

From November 16th through March 1st a 2013 law says people cannot apply it.

It should be done by certified lawn care professionals.

WBOC reports that “Farmers and Planters” in Salisbury is trying to help people out providing information and options.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says that those who violate the law face fines of up to $2-thousand.  

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Cover crops hit a record high of 478-thosuand acres.

That’s up from 2012 when there were 430-thousand acres.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says that’s the largest number in the state’s history.

Annapolis provided $22 million this year for the program.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation ranks cover crops as one of the five best cost-effective measures for farmers to reduce pollution into the region’s estuary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is going after mosquitoes.

The department says it will be spraying on Wednesday in wetlands and salt marshes to kill mosquitoes before they develop into adults and fly into populated areas.

The department plans to apply a new larvicide called Natular 2E. That will be done by flying a twin-engine-Beechcraft plan over 200 acres of the Fishing Bay and Elliot Island area of Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a competitive grant program to fund projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

The department is accepting applications through May 29.

It is awarding $450,000 in grants for projects with a minimum level of $15,000.

The department says special consideration will be given to projects that address food safety and market products with Maryland's best branding. Special consideration also is being given to projects that have efficient distribution systems.

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The latest proposal by the Maryland Department of Agriculture regulating phosphorous levels has been scrapped before it voted on the new rules.

The department held two rounds of public hearings where strong opposition came from the poultry industry.

However, the department said it will continue to work with stakeholders to come up with a set of regulations which will be resubmitted sometime next year.

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Maryland Department of Agriculture pulls emergency fertilizer regulations. However, there are expectations that the new rule will be phased in overtime.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports:

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July is National Ice Cream Month.

And the state of Maryland has created an ice cream trail that leads to eight dairy farms that make their own concoctions.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:

SALISBURY,  Md. (AP) - Maryland agriculture officials are encouraging farmers to buy crop insurance.

Steve Connelly, an Agriculture Department marketing specialist, told The Salisbury Daily Times  that the department is increasing its budget for advertising and translating insurance materials into other languages to promote the use of crop insurance. Connelly says the insurance helps farmers manage risk and offset losses.  

The intense heat has local farmers worried about their corn crops.

Richard Nottingham, a University of Maryland Extension agent in Somerset County, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the leaves are beginning to curl under the hot sun.

With temperatures above 95 degrees the pollen could be killed off.

Nottingham said most of the local crops are within two weeks of reaching the critical stage of tasseling which needs moisture.

Rainfall has been spotty in recent weeks with Princess Anne getting around three-tenths of an inch during a thunderstorm last week.