Agriculture Notes

AGRICULTURE NOTES

June 24, 2007

Dairy council to meet Wednesday

The Maryland Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Frederick County Board of Education Conference Room, 33 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick.

The agenda includes a discussion of the effect of neighboring states' price controls on Maryland's milk industry and a Question-and-answer session with Alan Barr, Office of the Attorney General, Anti-Trust Division.

Information: 410-841-5775 or 410-767-8431.

Contest honors grandparents

The Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair will hold its Grandparent Essay Contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade for this year's annual fair.

Essays should tell why your grandparent(s) is better than any other grandparent in Carroll County.

Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster.

Criteria for essays include: K-5th grade, 50-75 words; 6th-8th grade, 75-100 words; and 9th- 12th grade, 100-150 words.

Essay writers must attend the fair and live in Carroll County or be a member of the Carroll County 4-H program. The grandparent does not need to live in Carroll County. Deadline for entries is July 5.

Anyone with a disability that requires assistance for their participation in the contest should call the 4-H office as soon as possible.

Entries should be mailed to Grandparent Essay Contest, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, Md. 21157, ATTN: Cheryl Hill.

Information: 410-386-2760.

Contest is open to corn growers

Carroll County corn producers can enter the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest online.

Charles Schaefer, a Westminster grain farmer, is president of the Maryland Grain Producers Association.

"The contest gives growers a chance to test some management practices they have learned over the years while maintaining costs and efficiency," said association president Ken McCauley.

The fee for early deadline entries by July 2 is $75 per hybrid. Registration is $105 per hybrid after July 2. Entry forms are posted on the association Web site at www.cyc.ncga.com.

Information: 636-733-9004, ext. 129.

Nominations sought for farm award

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is taking nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers through July 16.

To qualify, members must belong to or participate in any of the following groups or programs: Farm Service Agency (FSA); state beginning farmer programs; commercial lenders; private nonprofit organizations currently participating in a beginning farmer or rancher program; the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; community colleges or other educational institutions with demonstrated experience in training beginning farmers or ranchers; and other entities or persons providing lending or technical assistance to qualified beginning farmers or ranchers.

Farmers and ranchers also are eligible for nomination.

Form AD-755, "Advisory Committee Membership Background Information," must be completed for those interested in serving on the committee.

The questionnaire is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/ad755 .pdf and can be completed online.

Two public meetings for the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers to discuss issues important to beginning farmers and ranchers will be held July 9-10 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The public meetings offer the public the opportunity to listen to the committee's deliberations and to make comments on beginning farmer and rancher issues.

Information: 202-720-1632 or e-mail mark.falcone@usda.gov..

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