Agriculture Notes


August 20, 2006

Apple-butter market planned in Sykesville

The Sykesville Apple Butter Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Apple Warehouse Grounds on West Friendship Road.

Vendor space is available for those selling vegetables, herbs, baked goods, plants and flowers, home party products, jewelry, nursery items, flea market items, crafts, antiques and winery products.

The Howard County Master Gardeners will be on site with information.

Spaces are $10 in advance.

Information: 410-552-4849.

Commodity policy changes announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has announced changes to the marketing assistance loan and loan deficiency payment programs.

The amended policies and procedures affect the 2006 and subsequent crop years.

Changes affect beneficial interest provisions; announcement of the adjusted world price for rice from 3 p.m. Tuesdays Eastern time to 7 a.m. Wednesdays; lien searches and financing statements; and use of form CCC-633 EZ.

The 2002 Farm Bill provides for both programs for the 2002-2007 crops of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans, other oilseeds (including sunflower seed, canola, safflower, flaxseed, rapeseed, mustard seed, crambe and sesame seed), rice, upland cotton, peanuts, honey, wool, mohair, dry peas, lentils and small chickpeas.

A Farm Service Agency fact sheet provides information about the programs online at publications/facts/html/non rec03.htm.

Workshop to focus on horse pastures

Maryland Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Howard and Carroll County soil conservation districts, will hold a Pasture Walk and Pasture Planning Workshop for Horse Owners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Clarksville Facility of the Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City.

Participants will see the proposed location for a rotational grazing demonstration on 5 acres at the University of Maryland Equine Studies Unit.

Topics of discussion will include techniques for renovating/reclaiming pastures, pasture grass identification, noxious weed control and composting horse manure.

Those attending will use information from the site to practice designing a pasture system for small acreage.

Local and state resource personnel will assist.

The cost is $10, including lunch.

Space is limited, and registration is required by Sept. 8.

Those needing special accommodations should call two weeks ahead.

Information: 410-313-2707.

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