Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Congratulations ! 16 Horse Farms Certified as Excellent Land Stewards

Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program (FSCAP)

Administered by the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts (MASCD)
With support from the Maryland Horse Council Farm Stewardship Committee

16 Horse Farms - Certified Agricultural Conservation Stewards
Protecting 1,720.5 acres in Eight Counties as of 3/6/14

1.         Carolyn Krome
            Persimmon Tree Farm
            1030 Bloom Road
            Westminster, MD 21157      131.60 acres – Carroll County

2.         Steven Darcey
Edgewood Farm
2550 Ritchie Marlboro Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774            - 84 acres – Prince George’s County

3.         Karla Stoner
Bloomsbury Forge
8401 Peters Road
Frederick, MD 21704           119 acres – Frederick County

4.         Milly Welsh
12100 Cherry Tree Crossing Road
Brandywine, MD 20613         20 acres – Anne Arundel County

5.         Lori Larson
Wyndham Oaks
19301 Bucklodge    Road
Boyds, MD 20841                 75 acres – Montgomery County

6.         Kevin Plank
Tom Mullikin, Manager
Sagamore Farm
3510 Belmont Ave,
Reisterstown, MD 21136     436.8 acres – Baltimore County

7.         Rick Terselic
Potomac Horse Center
14211 Quince Orchard Road
North Potomac, MD 20878     31.9 acres – Montgomery County

8.         Michael Rubin
John Warffeli, Manager
Breezy Hill Farm
20306 Bucklodge Road
Boyds, MD 20841                 36.4 acres – Montgomery County

9.         Linda Santomenna and Robert Alphin
Blue Waters Farm
48 Bethel Cemetery Road
Chesapeake City, MD 21915              43 acres – Cecil County

10.       Barbara McDonald
21940 Oscar Hayden Road
Bushwood, MD 20618          22.3 acres – St. Mary’s County

11.       Marko Bulmer
            Roedown Farm
            3856 Wayson Road
            Davidsonville, MD 21035     140 acres – Anne Arundel County

12.       Larry and Jo-Anne Schaudies
            Surmont LLC
            21660 W Offutt Road
            Poolesville, MD 20837          14.5 acres – Montgomery County

13.       Michael Dickinson
            Tapeta Farm
            100 Piney Creek Lane
            North East, MD 21901          250 acres – Cecil County

14.       Dr. Charles Mess
            Brooke Grove Farm
            18420 Brooke Grove Road
            Olney, MD 20832                  203 acres – Montgomery County

15.       Mike Magruder
            Cherry Valley Equestrian Center
            5027 Cherry Tree Lane
            Sykesville, MD 21784           36.5 acres – Carroll County

16.       Bill and Patricia Hahn
            Separate Peace Farm
            3571 Heavens Gate Drive
            Westminster, MD 21158

Manure Matching Service Ready for Business

Manure Matching Service Ready for Business
With spring planting season upon us, the Maryland Department of Agriculture reminds farmers that its Manure Matching Service is available to link farmers with excess manure with other farmers or alternative use projects that can use the product as a valuable resource. The Service is voluntary, free and available to both sending and receiving farms. It complements the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s recently expanded Manure Transport Program, which helps poultry, dairy, beef and other livestock producers cover the costs of transporting excess manure off their farms. For more information on both programs, farmers should contact their local soil conservation district, call 1-855-6MANURE or 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's the Law: Nutrient Management Plans

Maryland’s Nutrient Management Regulations
Annual Plan Due March 1

“Maryland law requires all farmers grossing $2,500 a year or more or livestock producers with 8,000 pounds or more of live animal weight to follow nutrient management plans when fertilizing crops and managing animal manure. These plans—developed by consultants and farmers certified by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)—specify how much fertilizer, manure or other nutrient sources may be safely applied to crops to achieve yields and prevent excess nutrients from impacting waterways. Nutrient management plans generally are required for all agricultural land used to produce plants, food, feed, fiber, animals or other agricultural products. Farmers are required to submit copies of their initial nutrient 
management plans to MDA, update plans before they expire, take new Follow the step-by-step instructions outlined in this brochure  to step into compliance with Maryland’s nutrient management regulations.soil samples a minimum of once every three years and submit Annual Implementation Reports (AIRs) documenting how they implemented their plans during the previous year. AIRs must be filed with MDA by March 1. Compli ance with the Nutrient Management Program is a requirement for participation in the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program. “

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