May 1, 2013
Like the proverbial "wolf in sheep's clothing," a Texas energy company is promoting a massive Eastern Shore wind farm as an environmentally friendly "green" project ("Eastern Shore wind project confronts eagles, Navy," April 29). In reality, this project will kill large numbers of birds, such as bald eagles and ospreys, which are attracted to the lights necessary for aircraft safety at night. Why do our politicians fall for these projects that are supposed to improve the economy?
April 27, 2013
College junior Steve Moirano has no children of his own, but he played the proud parent Saturday as a pair of foals debuted to a crowd of onlookers at the University of Maryland campus farm. "What was it like?" Brandon Hurn, a sophomore chemical engineering student, asked Moirano, referring to a mare known as Amazin'. "Were you there?" "I actually pulled the foals out," answered Moirano, an animal sciences major planning to go into veterinary medicine. He and a few classmates were on hand to show off the foals - the first born on the farm in 30 years - and answer questions at Maryland Day, the university's annual campuswide showcase.
April 26, 2013
CBS '60 Minutes' will feature a report Sunday night on Rosie Napravnik, the 25-year-old jockey who will be the only female riding in the Kentucky Derby. But there's a backstage story to the report that features another 25-year-old woman, Michelle Boniface St. John, who grew up on the Bonita farm in Darlington, who helped produce the '60 Minutes' piece. St. John, the daughter of Kevin C. and Chris Boniface, of the famous Maryland horse racing and training family, has been working at CBS News for the last four years.
April 25, 2013
Maryland regulators have approved a 24-turbine "wind farm" project to be built near Frostburg, the third land-based project in the state. The Maryland Public Service Commission gave the OK on Wednesday to Synergics Wind Energy, an Annapolis company that has a 20-turbine project near the West Virginia border. When it proposed the new project, the company said it hoped to begin building in April and finish by the end of the year. Synergics could not be reached for comment Thursday.
April 18, 2013
Editor: Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has led to enormous growth in understanding the consequences we face if we do not take care of our natural resources. It has led to more action to protect our planet's land, water, air, wildlife and human beings, and it has strengthened farmers' and ranchers' already strong commitment to being good environmental stewards. Farmers observe Earth Day every day. Where asphalt and pavement turn to gravel and dirt, you will find men and women rising early, greeting the day and working the earth.
April 18, 2013
When hearth and home - together with a growing family and an onsite family business - are at the center of day-to-day living, a small and dated one-story farmhouse in Ellicott City begins to burst at the seams. To keep their extended family under one roof while preserving the one-bathroom house built in 1954, the Harbin and Taylor families found the only solution was to build additions. "My mom and uncle were raised on the original farm down the road," Kim Harbin Taylor said. "That house was on 18 acres, and they farmed an additional 44, raising sweet corn and tomatoes.