7 local farmers picked for state fiscal survey

February 14, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Seven farmers in Harford County have been selected by the Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service to join 242 of their counterparts from across the state in a survey charting 1992 farm income and expenses.

Bruce West, the state statistician for the Department of Agriculture, said this sample of growers will accurately reflect the state's 15,600 farmers. Similar surveys will be conducted nationwide, involving 21,000 farmers, roughly 1 percent of all U.S. producers, representing all sizes and types of operations, he said.

Starting last Thursday and continuing until March 19, the farmers will be contacted by field representatives for a convenient interview time.

According to Mr. West, the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture survey is used by farmers and their organizations, agribusiness managers, economists and policy makers to set farm program parity prices and determine farm credit and disaster needs.

Information from individual farmers is protected from disclosure. Facts and figures are simply combined with similar material from other producers to form state and regional summaries that become the basis for national totals.

Meanwhile, Maryland dairy operators produced 119 million pounds of milk during the final month of 1992, a figure unchanged from the same month in 1991, according to the state statistical service.

The number of milk cows declined to 100,000 head from 102,000 in 1991. Per-cow yield during December was 1,190 pounds, an increase of 20 pounds from the 1991 yield.

As of Jan. 1, dairymen fed an average daily ration of 15.8 pounds of grain and concentrates per animal, up 0.4 pounds from 1991. The value of the grain and concentrates was $8.75 per hundredweight, up 15 cents from 1991.

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CMB Packaging, a promotion packaging company headquartered in the United Kingdom, will open its first manufacturing facility in the United States at the Riverside Business Park.

According to W. Richard Tonkyn, executive vice president, the company is setting up machinery and conducting interviews with potential employees. He said the company expects to hire 25 to 30 people.

Mr. Tonkyn said the company, Carnaud Metal Box Enterprises Inc., is one of Europe's largest makers of decorative tins used to package cookies, candies and cosmetics. He said the $6 billion company has manufacturing facilities in Mansfield and Carlisle in the United Kingdom and has been marketing its product in the United States for 20 years.

CMB has a five-year lease for the Riverside site. A grand opening, including a visit by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, is scheduled for late March.

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Construction on Ruby Tuesday, a trendy restaurant planned for the Bel Air Plaza, has been delayed because of the county sewer moratorium.

According to Carol Diebel, director of planing for Bel Air, construction permits cannot be issued until the moratorium is lifted.

Mrs. Diebel said that the moratorium has caused problems for many businesses in the area. "The construction of the Plum Tree Pumping Station began in 1989 and now, nearly four years later, we've been told it will not be ready to open until April," she said. "The long delay has caused the county and town to lose much needed tax dollars."

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