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MDA has $2.5 million for innovative manure management ideas

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has $2.5 million available to invest in these types of innovative manure management technologies during FY 2014. To do this, MDA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for demonstration projects from vendors, businesses, and individuals offering technologies, equipment, infrastructure, or services that can improve the management and utilization of manure and other agricultural resources. Maryland’s nutrient management regulations govern the amount, timing, and placement of crop nutrients—including manure and other organic nutrient sources—on agricultural land to prevent excess nutrients from impacting waterways. To help livestock producers comply with the regulations, Maryland has committed to supporting and investing in alternative uses for manure such as fertilizer manufacturing, composting and manure-to-energy projects that add value to the farm business model. Vendors, businesses, and individuals are invited to respond to this RFP which may be downloaded from MDA’s website at Proposals should be sent to MDA by 4 p.m. Feb. 28 to: Ms. Louise Lawrence Maryland Department of Agriculture Office of Resource Conservation 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Email: Fax:...

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New Rules for Farm-Related Trucking & Hauling

The Maryland Farm Bureau, in conjunction with the Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration, are hosting several Farm Trucking Forums to discuss the latest trucking rules and regulations pertaining to moving equipment, large loads, weight limits, etc. and how they will affect your farm business. If you sell hay or haul horses for a living, or even if you just haul horses for your own barn clients, you are encouraged to attend these forums. These forums are being held at no cost and are sponsored by Maryland Farm Bureau, Maryland State Police, and State Highway Administration – and food is included! Mon. Feb. 3, 1 – 4 p.m. Calvert Grange Hall, Cecil County CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST Mon. Feb. 17, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Frederick County Fairgrounds Building #12 Mon. March 3: MFB Headquarters in Davidsonville 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. For more information, contact Matt Terreau at or 410-924-4525 MFB Ag Trucking Guide MFB Ag Exemptions Work Sheet...

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Expand Your Equestrian Business – Join The Maryland Equine Experience Centers Network

All licensed horse stables in Maryland are invited to participate in the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB)’s new “Equine Experience Center” program. Participating Equine Experience Centers  will be facilities that offer equine introductory programs for people with little to no experience with horses. Explains MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord. “It is our intent to create Equine Experience Centers which are facilities or organizations that are certified to educate the public about the different aspects of the horse industry in Maryland and have a passion to share this interest in a safe, friendly and fun environment.” In addition to promoting the horse industry by enticing more people to interact and spend time with horses, the Experience Centers will also provide more opportunities for stables to increase their revenue and profile. The program is entirely free and voluntary for organizations that become a part of it, but they will be required to meet certain standards. Information sessions are open to all Maryland licensed stables. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Lunch will be included. All sessions are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Baltimore County Ag Center, Cockeysville Wednesday, Jan. 29: Frederick Fairgrounds Administration Building Tuesday, Feb. 4: Talbot Community Center, Easton Wednesday, Feb. 5: Jaycees Community Center, Waldorf Look for a Frederick County date soon! Click here for the Experience Center Flyer. Click...

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Another opportunity for grants!

If you missed the current round of grants distributed by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, perhaps you ought to check out the grant opportunities offered by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation, which is accepting applications until January 30 for their 2014 grants. The Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) was chartered in 1988 by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) to serve various educational and charitable needs of the Maryland horse industry. Foundation projects include: maintenance and expansion of the MHBA reference and research library, assistance to programs that support the aftercare and retraining of Thoroughbreds after they have retired from racing, support for scientific and veterinary research, and special grants for a variety of related causes to the Maryland horse industry. Click here for a grant application. (Click here to find out who received 2014 grants from the Maryland Horse Industry BOARD, not to be confused with the FOUNDATION. The MD Horse Industry Board is a commodity board housed at the Maryland Department of Agriculture and is funded by all Maryland horsemen; for every bag of feed we buy, 15¢ goes to the feed fund for the MD Horse Industry BOARD.)...

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All Horses Escape Ijamsville Fire

Although her Ijamsville barn on Gibralter Lane was destroyed by fire on Wed., January 8, Julie Salsi’s four horses are safe. Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, all barn owners and manager should take caution during frigid weather. We know that when the temps dip into the single digits, it is not unusual to see some barn owners or managers using portable construction type or utility type heaters to try to keep the barn somewhat comfortable and the water from freezing in the buckets and pipes. But beware, as your barn is packed with combustibles, including but not limited to all of your bedding (straw, dust, shavings). Click here for a Frederick News-Post report on the Ijamsville fire,...

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Westminster Livestock Auction Fire

Early this morning around 2 a.m., a fire severely damaged the Westminster Livestock Auction, causing about $200,000 in damage to the building and destroying $100,000 worth of contents, according to the Carroll County Times. No livestock nor people were injured; the cause is under...

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