Agriculture Notes


April 04, 2004

Friday is deadline to apply for U.S. wildlife program

Farmers and landowners interested in participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program have until Friday to apply.

Maryland and the District of Columbia have received $352,000 from the 2002 Farm Bill for the restoration of wildlife habitat through the voluntary conservation program, which provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and managers to restore upland, wetland and riparian habitats on their properties.


Farmer gets award from Guernsey group

The Maryland Co-operative Guernsey Breeders Association recently presented the 2004 Life Time Achievement Award to Herbert Pletcher of Harney at its annual meeting.

Originally from Howard, Pa., Pletcher and his wife of 52 years live in Carroll County, where they raise chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks, Herefords and registered collies.

The week after he retired, Pletcher bought a Guernsey cow and milked it by hand, and his wife made butter, which he entered at the Maryland State Fair, donating some for the youth auction at association meetings.

Pletcher is a life member of the National Guernsey Association, is a past president of its central district and was publicity chairman for the state Guernsey Association for many years.

He sells tickets for the Guernsey Calf Raffle at the Maryland State Fair and has been a frequent volunteer for "Milk It" by making signs and showing city adults and children how to milk a cow.

He was presented with a framed print of Guernseys from Channel (Guernsey) Island origin.

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