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Rain Rain Rain – More Flooding for MD Horse People

The residents of Port Deposit in Cecil County are being asked to voluntarily evacuate due to flooding along the Susquehanna River. The Conowingo Dam opened up its crest gates this morning at 5:30 a.m. Mandatory evacuations are being considered. Channel 11 Cecil County Department of Emergency Services The Prince Georges Equestrian Center has reported that they are currently open, however, tonight’s scheduled events for the Prince George’s County Fair have been canceled. Rt 301 South and North is currently closed between Rt 725 (Marlboro Pike) and Rt 4 at PGEC. Waters Street is also closed North of Rt 4. In addition, there are road closures in many areas throughout the state. We suggest you check your local traffic centers before heading out on the roads. Here is a link to the Coordinated Highways Action Response Team website for other road closure...

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Graham Motion Receives First “Touch of Class” Award

Today, September 6, 2011, the Maryland Horse Industry Board unveiled the “Touch of Class” award with a presentation to Fair Hill based trainer Graham Motion, trainer of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Motion currently ranks as the nation’s fourth leading trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. Motion arrived today at the Baltimore County Ag Center in Hunt Valley after having just wrapped up another big month, winning the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in Del Mar, California with Summer Soiree on August 20 and the Grade II Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga, New York with Daveron on August 27. As of August 29, Motion had saddled 77 winners from 336 starts with total earnings of near $6.5 million, ranking him fourth leading trainer in the U.S. The newly-instituted awards program honors a Maryland horse/individual/team/organization or event who demonstrates the highest standard of excellence in the Maryland horse industry. The award will be presented a monthly basis to recognize the many outstanding accomplishments of Marylanders and Maryland horses in all equestrian disciplines and equine-related fields. “There are so many great horses, horse people and horse happenings in Maryland that we thought we should recognize and let people know about them on an ongoing basis,” said MHIB chairman, Jim Steele (manager of Shamrock Farm in Woodbine). “This is a strong, dynamic industry with determined and adventurous people and horses, exhibiting the best...

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Horse Owners Prepare for Hurricane Irene

At 12:33 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Warning for the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically naming Talbot and Caroline Counties. Kent Island is being evacuated.  In Talbot Counties, according to The Star Democrat, Oxford and Bay Hundred residents have been asked to leave. Ocean City has ordered a mandatory evacuation for people, as have some other specific locales. Because it would complicate the evacuation of humans, the Maryland Department of Agriculture recommends sheltering livestock in place. Horse owners should review the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Disaster Action Guidelines for Horse Owners. Some horse owners in low-lying areas of the Eastern Shore have chosen to relocate horses to the Western Shore. If you would like to relocate your horses, or you are willing to taken in relocated horses, you may visit The Equiery’s Facebook page to share your information. Most of Central Maryland is under a flash flood watch for the entire weekend. Specific counties mentioned in the NWS flash flood watch include Anne Arundel, Baltimore (portions of), Calvert, Charles, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and St. Mary’s. For more information, please visit or monitor: National Weather Service alerts for the Mid-Atlantic Area (updated every hour or so) Maryland Emergency Management Agency The Coastlines Project Hurricane Update Baltimore Sun National Weather Service – General Hurrican Information ************* Bored This Weekend? If you end up stuck inside this weekend,...

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More cost share grants available!

No, this isn’t a duplicated news item. In early July, the Maryland Department of Agriculture issued a press release announcing that the Board of Public Works had “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.” And then on August 10, MDA issues a press release stating that the Board of Public Works has approved  $273,772.15  in agricultural cost-share grants in 11 counties for 30 projects that will prevent soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay! So, we are assuming that this $200+k is in addition to the $300+k… The rest of the release reads as follows: Together, these projects will prevent 4,648.8 pounds of nitrogen, 2,373.18 pounds of phosphorus, and 242.7 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 as well as innovative, state-of-the-art practices,” said Governor O’Malley. “Farmers have consistently gone above and beyond to help improve the quality of...

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$60,000 for Trails in St. Mary’s County

The Maryland Board of Public Works, through Program Open Space & Community Parks and Playgrounds, is dedicating $60,000 to St. Mary’s County to design and engineer Phase VI of the Three Notch Trail from Mechanicsville to New Market (Route 5 to Route 236). Phase VI of the trail is approximately five miles long and will be used for walking, bicycling, running, rollerblading and horseback riding....

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USDA Proposes Animal Disease Traceability Rule

On August 10, 2011, the American Horse Council reported that the  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed its Animal Disease Traceability rule.  USDA stated there will be a 90 day period for public comment, which will close on November 9, 2011. The announcement has been anticipated by animal livestock groups across the country after USDA replaced the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) with the Animal Disease Traceability Program (ADTP) in early 2010. The former NAIS program was not fully embraced by the livestock community and generated numerous concerns surrounding confidentiality, liability, cost, and privacy. Rather than attempting to identify every animal, every premise and every animal movement to achieve traceback within 48 hours of a disease outbreak, the proposed ADTP rule is aimed at designing a simplified program to achieve basic traceability with simplified identification means, including branding, to respond to a disease outbreak. The purpose of the proposed rule is to improve the ability to trace livestock, including horses, in the event of a disease outbreak.  The proposed rule establishes minimum national identification requirements to trace livestock that move interstate. Under the proposed rule, livestock that are moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. Under the proposed rule, horses would have to be identified by one of the following methods: A description of the individual horse, such...

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