Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

July 09, 2006

WIC coupons taken at farmers' market

The Carroll County Health Department WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program, in cooperation with the Carroll County Department of Economic Development, will hold its third annual One-Day WIC Farmers' Market tomorrow.

The market, which is open to the public, will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot behind the health department at 290 S. Center St., Westminster. The market will coincide with the distribution of the WIC coupon checks for the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.

The market will accept coupon checks from the WIC Program and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Information: 410-386-2070.

Donations sought for 4-H fair's auction

The Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair will hold a silent auction July 29 to Aug. 4 in the Shipley Arena.

Donations to the silent auction are needed and will support 4-H and FFA, which have a positive influence on thousands of youth in the area.

Contributions are tax deductible.

The fair gives more than 900 Carroll County youth the opportunity to showcase more than 16,000 agricultural exhibits featuring the knowledge, creative talents, and leadership skills learned through 4-H and FFA.

The free fair draws thousands of visitors each year.

Information: CCFairManager @att.net or 410-848-FAIR(3247).

Vendors needed for apple butter market

The Sykesville Apple Butter Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24 at the Apple Warehouse Grounds on West Friendship Road. Vendors are needed. Those selling vegetables, herbs, baked goods, plants and flowers, nursery items, flea market items, antiques and winery products are welcome.

Spaces are $10 or $40 for the season. Registration is due two weeks before the market date.

Information: 410-552-4849.

Referendum set on grain checkoff

The Maryland Grain Checkoff Program referendum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension office, Smith Avenue, Westminster.

"The checkoff program is a self-help program," said Jason Scott, grain producer and president of the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, which administers the program.

Under state law, checkoff programs are required to conduct a referendum every five years to reaffirm support. If passed by a majority of eligible voters, the 15-year-old Maryland Grain Checkoff Program will continue for five more years from Oct. 1, 2006.

The checkoff is deducted at the first point of sale on all grain, with the exception of soybeans, which are under a national checkoff program.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be financially engaged in the growing of grain as an owner, tenant or sharecropper.

Absentee ballots will be available from the Extension office.

Information: 410-956-5771.

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