Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 Maryland Farm Bureau Ambassador program, a scholarship and leadership development initiative for Maryland's Farm Bureau member-families. After receiving entries from the county Farm Bureaus, the state Farm Bureau will choose one female and one male ambassador to represent Maryland Farm Bureau and the importance of agriculture's role in the state from December 2022 through December 2023. Please share this application with full details with any individual you feel would make a great representative for Maryland Farm Bureau. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on September 16, 2022. More here.
Maryland Farm Bureau (MDFB), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), announced that producer permits for the control of black vulture depredation are now available, and can be obtained through MDFB. Black vultures can kill livestock young and damage property. They can work together as a "wake" and attack an animal to the point of death or need of euthanasia. As black vultures have been traced from migratory origin, they are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and can only be lethally controlled through USFWS permits. More here.
Consumer demand for locally sourced meats and producer meat enterprise interest are at all-time highs and outpace current local meat and poultry processing capacity in many localities. Shared Cost Meat Processing for Livestock Producers - Co-ops and Collaboration will introduce farmers, ranchers and local meat and poultry processors to opportunities and challenges in establishing or expanding local meat and poultry enterprises. This webinar will take place on May 24, 2022, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.More here.
The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) offers rewarding careers promoting the importance of agriculture in everyone's daily lives. The Middle School Education Director is responsible for the development and management of MAEF programs for Grades 6-8 in formal and informal settings. Middle school years are an important time in a student's education, during which they make decisions about educational pathways that lead to their future careers. The successful candidate will have a passion for promoting agricultural careers to this age group, a strong network within Maryland's agricultural and educational communities, creative strategies for programming and a demonstrated capacity for both leadership and team building. More here.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has released the results of a statewide pesticide use survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The report, 2020 Maryland Pesticide Survey Statistics, was conducted in 2021, and covers usage across the state in 2020. The report lists and ranks more than 220 products based on usage. It also provides a comparison of the top 10 pesticide types used in 2020 versus data from surveys conducted in 2014, 2011, 2004, and 2000. More here.
Rural Maryland is a place where spaces are wide open, and the possibilities are, too. Since outcomes are better when we do things together, the Rural Maryland Council needs your help spreading the word about a grant program that can make a difference in your community. The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) is a grant program that addresses rural challenges in our communities. The program advances the work of rural nonprofits, community colleges, career technology centers, libraries, and regional councils. More here.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposes to require publicly traded companies to provide climate-related information from their entire supply chain in their filings and annual reports, including potentially invasive and burdensome information about farms. Companies would be required to report on greenhouse gas emissions, climate-related targets and goals, as well as how climate risks impact their business. This is an end run around legislation to get companies to report certain climate change information in their financial reports. Take action.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it will invest an additional $22.5 million in conservation assistance in fiscal year 2022 to help farmers boost water quality improvements and conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The new Chesapeake Bay States' Partnerships Initiative will support Bay-area farmers, building on a $1.1 billion investment made by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) over the past decade. USDA is also announcing a new task force - jointly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - to better quantify the voluntary conservation efforts of farmers in the Bay watershed. More here.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is informing Food and Agriculture (FA) sector partners that ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain. The FBI noted ransomware attacks during these seasons against six grain cooperatives during the fall 2021 harvest and two attacks in early 2022 that could impact the planting season by disrupting the supply of seeds and fertilizer. More here.
Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions fell more than 4% from 2019 to 2020, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The most recentInventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks shows agriculture continues to represent just 10% of total U.S. emissions, much lower than other economic sectors. American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the data from EPA in the latest Market Intel. 2020 overall emissions from agriculture fell at least 4.3%, or 28.8 million metric tons, compared to 2019. Emissions from agricultural soil management like fertilizer application and tillage practices were reduced by 8.4%.More here.
Young Farmers join us at Camden Yards next month to watch the Baltimore Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays! Tickets for the game on June 17 are $54.00 and include the Picnic Perch Menu. Sign up by May 27 to reserve your spot!More here.
Need ideas for a Memorial Day road trip that takes full advantage of your discount on Budget car rentals? Check out this coast-to-coast rundown of 2022's best locations and events. Once you've settled on dates and destinations, use your Maryland Farm Bureau discount code to make a reservation at Budget and have your rental rate reduced by as much as 30%! More here.