Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

October 30, 2005

Extension service meeting Thursday

The Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold the monthly agribusiness meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday at Baugher's Restaurant on West Main Street extended, Westminster.

Cheng-i Wei, dean of the college of agriculture and natural resources at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss "The University of Maryland Under New Leadership."

Reservations are required by noon Tuesday at 410-386-2760, or 888-326-9645.

Farmers' market open for holidays

The Carroll County Christmas Farmers' Market will open for its 34th year from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue, Westminster. Christmas markets continue every Saturday through Dec. 17.

Numerous stalls will offer handcrafted baskets, clothing, dolls, pillows, woodcrafts, painted items and jewelry, as well as holiday crafts, ornaments, decorations, gifts and floral arrangements.

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

This first holiday market will include a health fair by the Carroll County Health Department in the back room of the building. Cholesterol screening will be available for $7, along with body composition and blood pressure screening, reflexology massage and seated massage.

The cafeteria is open for breakfast and lunch.

Admission and parking are free.

Information: 410-848-7748.

Land preservation easements can end

The Carroll County Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board recently held a public workshop on the county's policy for reviewing landowner requests for termination of Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation easements after 25 years.

Easements held by the foundation before 2004 are in perpetuity or for as long as profitable farming is feasible and may be released only as provided by state law.

An easement may be terminated only with approval of the county commissioners (after a recommendation from the county's Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board) and the approval of the foundation trustees, secretary of agriculture and state treasurer. If termination is approved, there is a pay-back requirement.

The proposed state regulations for the review process were published in the Maryland Register on Sept. 2. State law specifies that prior to its decision, the county government receive a recommendation from the county advisory board. A recommendation from the county Planning and Zoning Commission is optional.

The advisory board has developed a draft policy for considering termination requests and is seeking public review and comment.

The board will accept comments concerning the draft county policy at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Room 003/004 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Copies of the draft policy (and state regulations) can be obtained by calling 410-386-2214.

Agricultural leaders receive honors

Two leaders in the agricultural community were recently awarded Maryland House of Delegate Resolutions by Del. Tanya Thornton Shewell at the Farm Bureau Legislative Banquet.

Robert L. Jones was recognized for receiving the Agricultural Pioneer Award from the county Farm Bureau for his 34 years of service as an extension agent, and for his authorship of Legacy of the Land, a chronicle of 250 years of agricultural history in Carroll County.

Donald I. Dell was awarded a House of Delegates resolution for his dedication to the dairy industry, for being named the Outstanding Senior Holstein Breeder of Carroll County, and for his lifetime of work in Carroll County civic and political affairs.

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