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Cost-share grants available for nutrient management plans

A few days after the Maryland Department of Agriculture released a message from the Secretary of Agriculture intended to reassure farm owners that there would be plenty of time for public comment on any proposed changes to Maryland’s nutrient management regulations (after a flurry of negative public comment to the changes hit the blogosphere in general and in particular), MDA issued the following press release announcing the availability of more grant money for cost-share programs…to help farm owners implement mandatory nutrient management plans. Board of Public Works Approves $348,384 in Agricultural Cost-Share Grants Grants will help farmers implement conservation practices to protect the environment Governor Martin O’Malley announced that the Board of Public Works approved $348,384.48  in agricultural cost-share grants in 13 counties for 33 projects that will prevent soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Together, these projects will prevent approximately 5,744 pounds of nitrogen, 2,215 pounds of phosphorus, and 2,337 tons of soil from entering the Bay and its tributaries.  These projects are funded by state general obligation bonds and are not part of MDA’s general fund budget allocation. The Board is comprised of the Governor, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. “Maryland has been a leader in helping farmers protect soil and water resources by providing conservation grants to install tried and true conservation measures...

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Museum Exhibition: The Transition from Farriery to Vet Medicine

From Monday, July 11, through Friday, October 7, the National Library of Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, will host a new exhibition, “From Craft to Profession: The Transition from Horse Farrier to Professional Veterinarian,” in the NLM History of Medicine Reading Room, Building 38, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The public is invited to visit from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays (except Labor Day weekend, September 3-5). This exhibition will showcase original illustrated manuscripts and early printed books from the Library’s collections featuring the care and treatment of horses over the past five centuries. **************** It is not too late to place a classified ad for the August print edition of The Equiery! Click here to place it by midnight tonight Get your ad online anytime…just e-mail    ...

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Jennifer Sponseller Webster joins The Equiery as Associate Publisher

The Equiery is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Sponseller Webster to its team as associate publisher. As associate publisher, Jennifer will handle new client advertising, will manage social media and the hunter/jumper blog on In her first few weeks, Jennifer spearheaded the makeover of The Equiery’s Facebook presence (friend us on Jennifer has extensive experience as a top advertising sales executive in regional publications and advertising. She began her career with Chesapeake Life, but when horseman and former New Market neighbor Ross Peddicord founded Maryland Life in 2004, Jennifer immediately signed on. Jennifer is also a lifelong horsewoman, from a family of lifelong horsemen. She grew up foxhunting and showing, dabbling in Pony Club and earning her C-1 before deciding to dedicate herself to being (in her words) a “hunter princess,” showing with a wide variety of Maryland trainers, including but not limited to Carolyn Krome, JoAnn Robertson and Streett Moore. Jennifer is a 1988 graduate of the McDonogh School, where she was a four-year member of the Varsity Riding Team. In 1987, Jennifer went to work for eventer Packy McGaughan, an old family friend. Packy and Tanzer had just finished second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and had earned a spot on the 1987 Pan American Games team. Packy needed a groom to take to the Pan Am Games, and Jennifer needed his...

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Equiery July print edition now in stores and online!

This weekend is a great time to try out potential new horses, see farms for sale, and just go shopping. Pick up a July print edition of The Equiery, featuring over $250 in valuable coupons from our advertisers, from a tack or feed store near you! A New Generation & A Passing of the Torch The cover of the July Equiery features 17-year-old Sam Cockburn. The photo is courtesy of his proud mom, long-time Equiery client Chrissy Keys Heard, in celebration of Sam’s Virginia Point-to-Point awards for the Spring 2011 season. It is clear that this Maryland-bred, Virginia champion jump jockey is a chip off the old block, with a style harkening back to once-upon-a-time daredevil dad Bay Cockburn (who today trains steeplechase horses out of his former father-in-law’s farm in Virginia). On July 1, 2011, Chrissy Keys Heard officially retired as owner and manager of Oatland Stables. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1985, Chrissy launched the business on her family’s dairy and crop farm in Olney. When The Equiery was founded in 1990, Oatland Stables was one of its first advertisers, along with Reddemeade, The Grey Pony and Gayer’s Saddlery. Positioned for many years with premium exposure on the inside back cover of The Equiery, across from the Riding & Boarding Stable Directory, Oatland grew to become one of the most active boarding, lesson and training facilities in...

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Proposed Changes to Law Onerous to Horse Farm Owners

Proposed changes to nutrient management laws are onerous to horse farm owners By Pam Saul Below you will find the list of changes to the Nutrient Management Plan, which have been proposed by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Deadline for commenting on the proposed changes is Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Every horse owner needs to know about proposed change #3, which requires that all livestock (including horses) must be fenced out of all continual and intermittent streams. What this means is that if you have a dry creek that runs through the middle of a paddock, then horses are not allowed access to it and you must fence it off. This is a serious change and one that will certainly have drastic changes to a majority of the horse farms in this area.  I hope that all horse farm owners will take a hard look at these proposed changes and send their comments into MDA by June 29, 2011. From the June 24, 2011 Maryland Farm Bureau’s Government Relations Bulletin Maryland Department of Ag Proposes Changes to Nutrient Management Program MDA is proposing to change the nutrient management plan requirements in the Manual and Guidelines issued to consultants.  The changes include: 1. No fall application of commercial fertilizer to fall planted small grain crops unless a soil nitrate test shows less than 10ppm for wheat or 15ppm for barley....

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Funding for Trail Projects

The following is a public service announcement. Dear Trail Users: Each year Maryland is apportioned National Recreational Trails Program funds through the Federal Surface Transportation Equity Act for disbursement to qualifying projects. These funds, administered by the Maryland State Highway Administration, have made it possible for communities across the State to develop, improve and maintain trails in order to provide access to Maryland’s awesome natural and recreational resources. We are always looking for eligible projects, and invite you to consider applying for National Recreational Trails Program funds for your recreational trail projects. To learn more about eligible project types and program criteria, as well as accessing a digital application, visit the following website: Also, please be advised that this is an 80/20 percent reimbursement program, and not a grant program. Awarded funds will be used to reimburse sponsors for 80 percent of the expenditures incurred; invoicing is done on a monthly basis once construction or purchase of materials/equipment is started. The funds are limited and therefore awarded to the most qualified projects in an amount cannot exceed $40,000 for trail construction and $30,000 for non-construction. Eligible projects include: ·         Maintenance and restoration of existing trails; ·         Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreation and transportation oriented trails ·         Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment; ·         Construction of new recreational trials; ·        ...

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