May 8, 1991
For food safety questions call the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
October 26, 2003
Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens tapped her land-use and environment officer as her next top aide yesterday. Robert L. Walker, 54, a former diplomat and state Secretary of Agriculture, will take over as Owens' chief administrative officer. He replaces John Brusnighan, who retired last month. Before going to work in county government in 2001, Walker held diplomatic assignments in Ukraine and Russia for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From 1986 to 1994, he worked for the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
October 18, 2000
Spraying for the West Nile virus will take place tonight in the Turf Valley and Dorsey sections of Howard County, according to the state Department of Agriculture. Officials said spraying will begin at 7 p.m. in the communities of Turf Valley Overlook, College Farm, the Clusers, Washington Manor Park, Lennox Park, the Dorsey Business Center and Meadow Ridge Memorial Park cemetery. Information: 410-841-5870.
October 14, 2007
Hay farmers beware -- con artists are on the prowl. That's the gist of a warning issued last week by Maryland agriculture officials after learning of a scheme in Missouri, in which the state's directory of farmers who sell hay was used to cheat growers out of thousands of dollars. The Maryland Department of Agriculture posts a similar directory on its Web site, linking customers, including horse owners, with farmers who have product to sell. Such directories are particularly helpful in a drought, like this year in Maryland, where some counties are reporting a 40 percent loss of their hay harvest.
November 2, 1995
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sued the former operator of a Baltimore food market, claiming he "unjustly enriched" himself in a food-stamp fraud scheme that netted him more than $400,000.Travis Parnell Wallace ran the Travis and Sons Food Market until August 1994.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, seeks to recover all or part of the money as well as an injunction to prohibit Mr. Wallace from participating in the program.
May 20, 2003
Maryland farmers rank 10th in the nation with a net income of about $33,000 per operation. The national average is $21,382, and West Virginia ranks last at $2,023. Data are from 2000. State........Net farm income .................. per operation........Rank Arizona.....$82,218.................1 Florida.....61,658.................2 California.....61,131.................3 North Carolina.....54,520.................4 Delaware.....52,273.................5 Connecticut.....47,380 .....