Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

August 13, 2006

Museum features heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes will be featured at the annual Tomato Tasting Day from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Tomatoes will be served from the museum's garden, and the public is encouraged to bring heirlooms from their home gardens.

Reservations are suggested. Regular admission fees apply.

Information: 410-386-3893.

Days End to offer horse care clinics

Days End Farm Horse Rescue will hold a two-day horse care clinic, "If Only Love Was Enough," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 at 15856 Frederick Road, Lisbon.

Designed for both longtime and new horse owners, the clinic, Levels 1 and 2, will be taught by professional equine instructors.

Participants will learn basic horse care and handling; horse psychology, health and safety; hoof and dental care; how to examine a horse and take vital signs; care of older horses and emergency care; nutrition and parasites; and trailering, boarding and other horse care skills.

The fee for each day is $40.

Information: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564.

Canning, drying taught at museum

Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold a Food Preservation Basics seminar on canning, freezing and drying summer foods Aug. 23 at the Carroll County Extension office, Smith Avenue, Westminster.

Canning will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and freezing and drying from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The cost is $5. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Grain Checkoff gains reapproval

The Maryland Grain Checkoff Program referendum passed with 95 percent of the votes last month.

Those financially engaged in the growing of grain as a landowner, tenant or sharecropper were eligible to vote.

The Grain Checkoff Program is a self-help program supported by the producers, who pay an assessment of 0.5 percent on the net value of each bushel of grain. Funds go to development, research and education.

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