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Southern States Feed acquired by Cargill

My, but how things can change in one year. One year ago, The Eqiuery shared with our readers a press release from Land O’Lakes (which owns Purina Mills horse feed) announcing that it had a signed a letter of intent to acquire Southern States Cooperative, Inc.’s, animal feed business.  The purchase was expected to be completed in January 2017. But that did not happen. However, on September 22, Cargill acquired the animal feed business of Southern States Cooperative, Inc.  Cargill, which also owns Nutrena feeds, is an international ag-nutrition business with more than 20,000 employees at more than 275 facilities in 40 countries. Under the agreement, Cargill purchased the assets of Southern States Cooperative’s animal feed business, including seven feed mills and its portfolio of products, brands and customer and supplier relationships.  The other segments of Southern States Cooperative’s business – retail, farm supply, energy, and agronomy – are not part of the transaction. According to a statement released by Cargill, the acquisition of Southern States animal feed strengthens Cargill’s distribution and go-to-market capabilities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S., and provides a pathway for continued growth across the region. In addition to the acquisition, Cargill has completed a long-term supply agreement with Southern States for Cargill to supply its retail stores with Southern States branded feed. “We believe...

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Maryland’s own Suttler Post Farm Clydesdale's delivered the National Christmas Tree to the The White House yesterday. #marylandhorse #marylandmaryland

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Watch LIVE as First Lady Melania Trump receives the 2017 White House Christmas tree.
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Let's hear it for the clydes!!!!!👏👏👏👏

Go Maryland horses!! Big ones!!🐴🐴

Beautiful! Traditional! What an honor! 🎄

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Thanks to Penny Mohr, who submitted this beautiful and unusual photo to us! We have chosen it as The Equiery Photo of the Week!

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Wow! Thank you. Hey, Elise Middleton Johnson- your prior horse in the Equiery!!

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Maryland will miss Rick Jones, who passed away over the weekend after a long illness. Rick was a longtime Master of Foxhounds at Goshen, and later a member at New Market-Middletown Valley. Our thoughts are with Rick's wife, Karen, daughter Kathy, son-in-law Robert, and their children Mackenzie and Hunter. ... See MoreSee Less

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Maryland will miss Rick Jones, who passed away over the weekend after a long illness. Rick was a longtime Master of Foxhounds at Goshen, and later a member at New Market-Middletown Valley. Our thoughts are with Ricks wife, Karen, daughter Kathy, son-in-law Robert, and their children Mackenzie and Hunter.

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This is how I will always remember Papa Rick ❤️❤️❤️

So sorry, Kathy Jones Taylor— I remember how much you loved him and what a great man he was. Sending love your way.

Thinking of you, Kathy!!❤️

Most beautiful picture... he will be missed.

R. I. P. Rick. Loved following you at goshen. Ride on. Hugs and prayers to your family 💔💔

This is a great picture brings back such awesome memories may he RIP

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Congratulations to Chloe Bellerive, from Keedysville, Maryland! THIRD year in a row!!!Our $2000 Maryland Horsemanship Scholarship was won by Chloe Bellerive for the third year in a row! Chloe walks away with the $1250 first place award. She is a sophomore of the University of Kentucky and aspires to be an equine surgeon. Wow!

Our second place winner is Ashley DeLise of Pittstown, NJ. She attends North Hunterdon High School and is a member of the Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club. Ashley has the remarkable distinction of receiving a score of 100% on the practicum portion of the scholarship. She walks away with the $750 second place award.

Third in the 15-17 age group goes to Maddie Thompson of Frederick, MD, who attends Tuscarora High School.

Our fourth place winner in the 15-17 age group is Karli Sunnergren. Karli is from Georgetown, DE, and attends the Sussex Technical High School.

In our 18-25 age group, Chloe Pacyna takes third place. Chloe is from Raleigh, NC, and is a student at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Fourth in the 18-25 age group goes to Julie Bigham, a graduate of the University of Maryland and an IHSA Alumni. She is studying French and plans on living in France in the near future.

Congratulations to all of the winners and MAEF wishes you the best of luck!
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Congratulations to Chloe Bellerive, from Keedysville, Maryland! THIRD year in a row!!!

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Bowersox and Keefe Named to USEF Eventing 18 Lists

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Eventing High Performance Committee approved 15 young riders to participate in its Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program for 2018 as well as an additional five young riders as auditors. Making the lists from Maryland are Joe Bowersox of North East and Ryan Keefe of Sandy Spring. Bowersox made the participation list while Keefe is on the auditing list. Bowersox has been riding Minotaure du Passoir at Training and Preliminary this year with wins at MCTA and Fair Hill in May. The pair finished 16th at the Plantation Field International CIC1* in September. Keefe has been competing three horses from Novice through Preliminary is 2017. With Eighttofasttocatch, Keefe won at Morven Park in April and Waredaca in June before placing 24th in Junior Training at the American Eventing Championships in September. Keefe and Eighttofasttocatch finished fourth at Training level at the Area II Championships, held at the Virginia Horse Trials in October. Keefe and Hoodwink took home blue ribbons from Millbrook at Training and GMHA at Preliminary in August. Most recently, the pair finished sixth in the CCI1* at the Virginia Horse Trials in October. She won the Virginia CCI1* with Flintstar, who she also placed fourth with in Junior Preliminary at the AECs. With Flintstar, Keefe also won at Morven Park in September....

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Federal Funding for Equine Therapy? This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3219) offered by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a bill that will increase equine therapy funding for veterans by $5 million during FY2018. However, before the equine therapy provision becomes law, House and Senate lawmakers must convene a “conference” to negotiate final legislation for a vote in both chambers, and present the bill to the President for his signature. Your Help Needed To Keep Guest Worker Program The American Horse Council is urging horse people to advocate for legislative solutions to the federal government’s beleaguered temporary worker visa program.  In mid-January, the government hit the 33,000 visa cap for the first half of the year.  In March, the agency met its 33,000 visa allocation for the second half of 2017, leaving many small businesses who rely on seasonal labor without workers for the summer months.  Although DHS issued an additional 15,000 visas on July 17, the agency issued those visas on an ad hoc, discretionary basis, undermining common sense business planning.  The July decision will also create limited benefits for small businesses relying on summertime help. AHC requests that you tell lawmakers to support the Senate Bill 792 Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017 (S. 792), a bipartisan bill which would establish...

Grant $$ available from MD Horse Industry Board

The Maryland Horse Industry Board is now accepting grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Application deadline is October 2. Among the organizations eligible for grants are non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, licensed farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects of interest to the Board include (but are not limited to) those that develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Projects will be evaluated for their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits and quality of the written presentation. Grant requests should not exceed $3,000. The average grant amount is approximately $1,000. In 2017, 28 projects received $30,000 in grant allocations. Funding for these grants and for the Maryland Horse Industry Board is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. Since the fund was established in 2002, MHIB has awarded over $400,000 in grant monies to over 300 projects throughout Maryland. “Horses are a critical component to Maryland’s agricultural industry. The Maryland Horse Industry Board and The Feed Fund do a terrific job in helping to stimulate growth and opportunity in Maryland’s equestrian community—without using any government funding,”...
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