Maryland Farm Bureau Hires Ward and Welch
Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) recently hired Katie Ward as Communications Specialist and Parker Welch as Eastern Shore Regional Director. Ward is from Denton, MD and Welch is from Chestertown, MD.
As the Communications Specialist for MFB, Ward will manage all media inquiries, online accounts, publications and newsletters. She will work directly with the Executive Director and Government Relations staff to effectively communicate membership benefits and agricultural policy to MFB families and the community. READ MORE>
Seven Million Pounds of Farm Tires Collected to
Protect the Environment and Public Health
Farm Tire Drop-off events collect large agricultural tires; improperly disposal
of tires create risk of fire and air pollution, spread of disease
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) announced today that 7,662,000 pounds of agricultural tires, including car tires and large tractor and truck tires, were collected and disposed during Farm Tire Drop-Off events between February and April of 2014. The weight of the farm agriculture tires collected is equivalent to more than 380,000 car tires. READ MORE>>
2014 Midterm Elections Impact on Maryland Farmers
Maryland Farm Bureau leadership is looking forward to working with Governor-Elect Larry Hogan and the 62 new members of the Maryland General Assembly on our state’s agricultural policies.
“The election results show that Marylanders recognize the need for change. Larry Hogan’s pledge for lower taxes, smaller government and job creation will benefit our state, its economy and our farm families,” said MFB President Chuck Fry. READ MORE>>
Maryland Farm Bureau 2015 Scholarship Application
The Maryland Farm Bureau will offer five $2,000 scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors starting college in the fall of 2015 or full time college students at any community college or four-year institution. Applicants or their parents/guardians MUST be members of Maryland Farm Bureau. Three of the scholarships will be offered to agricultural curriculum…READ MORE>>
The Maryland Farm Bureau 99th Annual Meeting
The state convention will be held December 7 – 9 at the Clarion Resort Hotel, 101st Street, Ocean City, MD. Click here for the convention schedule.
Save the Date
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.
Early Bird registration fee is $250. Click here for pdf registration form and email to LRuhlman@mdfarmbureau.com
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>>
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>
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.