Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

April 02, 2006

Participants sought for lamb cook-off

As part of the annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the 23rd annual Maryland Grand Lamb Cook-Off and Junior Grand Lamb Cook-Off will be held May 7 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

Local cooks and chefs are encouraged to participate by mailing an 8 1/2 -inch-by-11-inch copy of their favorite lamb recipe to the organizing committee by Friday.

Recipes may be sent to: Maryland Grand Lamb Cook-Off, c/o Dalia Schulman, Knittin' Chicks, 5 N. Main St., Mount Airy 21771.

Ten finalists will be invited to prepare their recipes for the judges at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on May 7.

Each finalist will be provided with an electric outlet, table and access to a limited number of ovens. Finalists must furnish their own grills, microwaves or other necessary cooking and serving utensils, as well as table settings for two judges.

Junior Lamb Cook-Off entrants must be 8 to 15 years old.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

Information and rules: 301-829-4113 or dalia@knittin chicks.com.

Planting project set at watershed

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will hold a spring forest buffer planting project at the Monocacy Watershed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The project will be held in Mount Airy on the Carroll/Frederick border.

Volunteers are needed to plant native trees and shrubs to protect the state scenic river and Chesapeake Bay. Registration is required.

Information: 443-482-2156.

Program to teach forestry to students

The Carroll County Forest Conservancy District Board is taking applications from area students entering ninth through 12th grades this fall for the 2006 Natural Resources Career Conference.

The conference will be held July 23-29 at Camp Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County.

The program is designed to provide college-bound students with activities related to careers in forestry and natural resources management.

Students participate in lectures, field trips, and work on hands-on projects with professional foresters, rangers and others in a camp setting.

The Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards sponsors the program. The local county forestry board coordinates student selection, tuition and transportation. There is no cost to the student.

Students may also earn two credits from Allegany College of Maryland if they attend the entire program, take a short exam and present a management plan.

Applications are available online at www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/careersconf06 or from the Forest Service Office at 328-A E. Nicodemus Road, Westminster 21157.

Application deadline is April 30. Information: 410-848-9290.

Deadline for MILC program is May 17

Dairy producers have until May 17 to sign up for the extended Milk Income Loss Contract, or MILC, program.

Program payments will start after sign up. Participating dairy operations must select the month they want to start receiving payments for eligible production.

Producers may retroactively select any month from December 2005 through May 2006 for sign up before May 17. Sign-ups will continue after May 17 for the duration of the program, but after May 17, producers can not select a retroactive month for payment.

Eligible dairy producers are those who commercially produce milk. To receive program approval, producers must enter into a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation to provide monthly marketing data.

Information: 410-848-2780.

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