Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

September 05, 2004

Pasture walk to be held at Mare's Reach Farm

The Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold a pasture walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mare's Reach Farm in Mount Airy.

Snacks will be available at 9:30 a.m. Participants will be given a walking tour of the farm, focusing on the challenges, activities and outcomes at Mare's Reach.

Ben Turner and Tara Santmire set up their small horse operation on land that had slopes, erosion, wet soils and weeds. They will discuss how they handled those challenges and have adapted to keep five horses on four acres of their farm.

Time will be allowed for group discussion. The program will be outdoors and attendees should dress appropriately. Registration is required.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Howard County office of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard Soil Conservation Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Information and registration: 410-313-2707 or 410-489-7987. Those needing assistance should call 410-313-2707 in advance.

Pasture walk Saturday at Hedgeapple Farm

Maryland Cooperative Extension of Frederick County will hold a pasture walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hedgeapple Farm in Buckeystown.

Hedgeapple is a 100-acre grass-based agricultural research and education facility with an Angus cow-calf herd. The farm is at 3735 Buckeystown Pike.

The pasture walk will feature grass demonstration plots, all-weather feeding pads and marketing discussions.

Registration is requested.

Information: 301-631-3578.

USDA minority program promotes equal access

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Minority Farm Register is designed to promote equal access to USDA farm programs and services for minority farmland owners, farmers, ranchers, tenants and others with agricultural interests.

USDA programs include direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans, marketing loans, conservation, housing and rural business, and risk management.

"The new Minority Farm Register is an outreach tool to underserved farmers and ranchers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm or conservation programs," said Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. "The register will create a shared outreach list that will help USDA, community-based organizations and minority-serving educational institutions to communicate with minority farmers and ranchers."

Information: 866-538-2610; TTY, 866-480-2824; or 800-880-4183.

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