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12/19 Glendening sweetens the potBy MARK POWELL - Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening will introduce legislation next month aimed at giving tobacco farmers an option to take . . . .

12/12 Bud Virts stepping down at MDAMaryland Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Henry “Bud” Virts told farmers gathered in Ocean City, Dec. 5, that he would retire on Feb. 1. MDA staff were also informed . . . .

12/05 Md. farmers ponder an ethanol plant • By MARK POWELL • Maryland farmers, like ag leaders in New Jersey, have begun exploring the potential of producing ethanol in the Mid-Atlantic region.While New Jersey Farm Bureau has just announced a second round of detailed study for a facility using corn from the Garden State, the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board announced

11/28 Tobacco buyout numbers going up As of last week, 325 sign up in Md. Deadline is Dec. 22 • By MARK POWELL • As of Nov. 22, the count of Maryland tobacco farmers indicating they will take the state buyout had risen to 325. That would . . . .

11/21 Enviromental laws need updating • EPA Region III chief says citizen vigilance necessary under Republicans • By MARK POWELL • The Environmental Protection Agency’s regional director said a George W. Bush administration will require “increased vigilance” from citizens concerned with the environment. While repeatedly insisting he couldn’t say anything partisan . . . .

11/14 Farmers waiting on a president • Region’s producers react to Election 2000 • By The Delmarva Farmer staff Contributions from Jane Graham in Virginia; Mark Powell, Carol Kinsley and Caryl Velisek in Maryland and Lisa Miller in New Jersey At presstime, it was unclear who would be the nation’s next president. It was clear, however, that there was a marked degree . . . .

11/07 Maryland ag license plate unveiled • Richard Price gets Md. Ag No. 1 The Delmarva Farmer gets Md. Ag No. 5 • By MARK POWELL • Maryland’s new agricultural license plate was unveiled last week at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie in a flurry of hoopla . . . .

11/03 Maryland Ag Tags Now Available

10/31 StarLink damage control ongoing - By BRIAN BERTHIAUME • The much-maligned brand of Bt corn, StarLink, has become the poster child for anti-biotech sentiment. The corn’s designer, Aventis SA, has taken some

10/24 ‘Green’ laws changing poultry business • Perdue, Tyson experts speak at Maryland symposium • By MARK POWELL - Poultry companies are facing uncharted territory. It’s a place filled with the potential for criminal charges from environmental regulators. It’s a place where new ways of doing business may become a necessity. Speaking last week at . . . .

10/17 Ag land topic of task force • Should Md.’s MALPF get more money? • By MARK POWELL - A state task force began its look at Maryland’s farmland preservation program last week. The task force met Oct. 12 in Annapolis and will meet several times . . . .

10/10 Golden Harvest

10/3 MDA trains mediators

9/26 ‘We’ve been neutered by the EPA’

Special Update9/26/00

Tobacco Buy Out Agreement

Gov. Carper letter to EPA

9/19 Md., Del. take steps to safeguard ag’s future

9/12 Farm groups sue EPA

9/05 Del. commission opposes EPA proposal

8/29 EPA wants co-permits for poultry farms

8/22 More Md. cover crop funds to be sought

8/15 Md. links poultry firms, farmers

8/08 Alternative uses topic at Md.’s ‘Classic’

8/01 Va. small grains group to meet Aug. 17

7/25 293 tobacco farmers want state buyout

7/18 Stopping sprawl topic in Virginia

7/11 New trucking regs would hurt ag

7/04 VFBF wants to end ag equipment tax

6/27 Md. dairy initiative unfunded

6/20 Perdue,Cargill deal gets the okay

6/13 Okay urged for Perdue, Cargill deal Governors, ag secretaries push stalled Justice Dept.

6/06 MDA proposes study of ag sector

5/30 Perdue reassures Virginia farmers

5/23 Biotech tobacco planted in Va.

5/16 Grain elevator closes - Perdue plant in Princess Anne, Md., ‘too costly’ to update

5/09 USDA increases biotech oversight

5/02 Perdue will need 20% more soybeans

4/25 Townsends closing soy crushing plant

4/18 Maryland legislators give farmers a boost

4/11 Ag tag awaits governor

4/04 Maryland tobacco falls to $1.69/lb

3/28Justice Dept. accuses Perdue of being ‘unfair’

3/21 Poultry firms propose MOU

3/14 Organic standard proposed by USDA

3/07 Pork checkoff referendum to be held ASAP

2/29 Bay Trust opposes Md. ag license plate

2/22 Virginia shipping soybeans to Japan

2/15 MFB opposes septic legislation

2/08 Burley quota cut worries Va. farmers

1/25 Marylanders tapped for soy board posts

1/18 Repeal nutrient management law?

1/11 Ag leaders: Tech needs livestock arena

1/04 - Harford aims to save agriculture