Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

November 30, 2003

Farmers' market to feature holiday greens, decorations

The Carroll County Christmas Farmers' Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 13 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue, Westminster.

This Saturday, the Silver Fancy Garden Club of Taneytown-Emmitsburg will hold its annual Christmas greens sale at the market. Freshly arranged greens and holiday decorations will be available. The event is the club's largest fund-raiser to earn money for plantings in the two towns.

Numerous stalls will offer holiday arts and crafts, home decorations, fresh greens, floral arrangements and home accessories. Featured items include baskets, clothing, dolls, pillows, woodcrafts, painted items and jewelry.

Homemade holiday pies, cakes, cookies, breads, jams, jellies and candies will be available, along with fresh eggs and other seasonal produce.

The cafeteria also is open during market hours for breakfast and lunch.

Admission and parking are free.

Information: 410-848-7748.

Extension office offers pesticide applicator training

The Carroll County Extension Office will sponsor private pesticide applicator certification training and the examination for certification.

A training session will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. The training is optional, but material from the exam will be covered. It is recommended that the training be taken.

Participants should register at the extension office and pick up a study book before the training. The exam will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 and is open to those wishing to become certified to apply restricted-use pesticides.

The extension office is on Smith Avenue Extended, Westminster. Information: 410-386- 2760.

Dairy industry association to hold annual meeting

The Maryland Dairy Industry Association will hold its 2003 annual meeting Dec. 16 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.

Topics will include economics and production of quality milk, herd health techniques and meeting new environmental requirements.

Resource panels for workshops will include officials from Rutgers University, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic, McLanahan Corp. and area dairy producers.

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include breakfast, exhibits and ice cream and other dairy treats afterward. A minimal fee will be charged for registration and lunch.

Information: 410-386-2760.

N. Carroll High students win conservation prizes

Three North Carroll High School students recently participated in the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts Auxiliary Conservation Education Speak-Off and won the top three prizes.

Emileigh Rosso, Kristina Wisner and Samantha Resch spoke before a panel of judges at the Carroll County Extension Service in Westminster. The students researched, developed and presented speeches on "Natural Resource Management in the Urban Environment."

Students were judged on adherence to theme and content, presentation, appearance, delivery and voice.

Emileigh won $100 for first place, Kristina won $50 for second, and Samantha won $20 for third. A video tape of Emileigh was made for judging in a statewide contest.

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