Save the date NOW for the “fusion” (Farmers, United, Skills, Inspiration, Outreach and Networking) convention being held in Nashville, February 13-16, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will bring together YF&R, Women’s Leadership and P&E program leaders and volunteers.
Registration opens in October, Early Bird registration fee is $250. Click here for hotel reservations.
Hogan Endorsed by Farmer PAC
Maryland Farm Bureau’s bipartisan Political Action Committee endorsed Larry Hogan for Governor.
“It’s time for a change of direction in Maryland,” said PAC Chair Pam Saul. “Farmers from across the state believe Larry Hogan’s campaign for lower taxes, smaller government and job creation is what our state needs in the years ahead.” READ MORE>>
Join us in San Diego!
The 96th Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation will be held January 11-14, in San Diego, California – and we’d love for you to join us! This annual conference is an opportunity to meet farmers from around the country, participate in worthwhile workshops, hear some great speakers and debate issues that will impact our ability to farm far into the future. READ MORE>> CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM>>
Miss Maryland Agriculture title goes to Jordan Mister
Winner is from Calvert County
Jordan Mister of Huntingtown in Calvert County was all smiles when she was named Miss Maryland Agriculture during opening night festivities at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Sponsored by the Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland State Fair, the two-day competition culminated with an on-stage contest Friday, August 22nd.
Twenty-two county Farm Bureaus were represented during the annual event. Taking the top agriculture spokesperson title, 16-year-old Miss Mister is very active in her school and community. She is the daughter of Mark and Dawn Mister. READ MORE>>
County Farm Bureaus Activists May Apply for
County Activities of Excellent Awards
Applications are available for county Farm Bureaus to enter the 2015 County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program. The CAE showcases up to 24 of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the nation. These county Farm Bureaus and their award-winning programs serve as models of innovation for local program development, and display the amazing ability of local Farm Bureau volunteers working together to strengthen the lives of rural Americans and build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.
Counties will display their winning activities at the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 9-11, 2015, in San Diego, California. In addition, county Farm Bureaus will also receive up to four free registrations to the Annual Convention (cost of convention housing not included) and a $2,250 stipend to apply toward the cost of travel and exhibition. READ MORE>>
Good News on Bay Clean Up Effort But Out-of State
Environmental Activists Can’t Stop Attacking
The most recent analysis by the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program office shows that Maryland is on target to meet the 2025 Bay restoration goals. In fact, we are ahead of schedule. A look at the agricultural sector shows that Maryland farmers are reducing nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment.
“According to our Maryland progress data, we achieved our 2013 milestone reduction targets for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers. “In fact, Maryland finished this 2012-2013 period more than 3.5 million pounds reduced ahead of schedule for nitrogen, nearly 147,000 pounds reduced ahead of schedule for phosphorus and nearly 90 million pounds reduced ahead of schedule for sediment which places us on the right trajectory to reach our 2017 and 2025 goals.” READ MORE>
Discounts on Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Offered
Maryland Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! program with Polaris Industries Inc., is available to eligible members, effective immediately. The roll-out of the new three-year program with Polaris, the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, demonstrates Farm Bureau’s continued investment in exceeding member expectations. READ MORE>>
Ag Law Infoline established for farmers
The Agriculture Law Education Initiative recently launched an Infoline phone number for the agricultural community. The Infoline phone number will direct callers to legal information resources related to their agricultural operation. The Infoline, (410) 706-7377, is currently answered by staff at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. READ MORE>>
New Resource Guide Assists Veterans in Agriculture
A new resource guide developed by Farm Bureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnership is now available. Farm Bureau and the FVC are working together to train beginning farmers, make equipment available to veteran farmers and help find farm ownership or employment opportunities for members of the military transitioning into the civilian workforce.
“Through this partnership, I am optimistic returning veterans will learn how to continue their service to our country by helping feed its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural communities more viable through the many entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to offer,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.