Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

July 16, 2006

General Forestry taking registration

Registration is being accepted for the fall semester of the General Forestry Correspondence Course, which runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15.

Students work from home, using their own wood lot, a friend's or a public forest while learning the basics of forestry, forest ecology and forest health in this noncredit course.

Topics include: protecting trees from insects, diseases and fire; forest inventory and stand analysis; the forestry business, tax nuances and the sale and harvest of forest products; and developing a management plan for your forest.

The registration fee of $300 includes a General Forestry Correspondence Course text notebook, separate appendices packed with resources, and supplemental readings.

A certificate is awarded when all assignments are completed.

Information: Nancy Stewart, Wye Research and Education Center, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 169, Queenstown, Md. 21658; phone, 410-827-8056, ext. 112.

Grain board awards grants

The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board has awarded nearly $340,000 to organizations across the state for grain production.

The fund's purpose is to increase the profitability of grain production, expand the use of grain and improve public understanding of agriculture using checkoff funds to support market development, education and research.

Funds from the 2005 harvest year were allocated to projects in education ($91,900), research ($103,800) and market development ($143,700).

A majority of funding was awarded to efforts advancing products such as ethanol and bio-diesel.

Maryland's checkoff program collects half a percent of the net value of grain sold.

A complete listing of grant recipients and summary of projects is available at www.marylandgrain.com.

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