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New model: Grow local, sell global

Imagine entering your neighborhood grocery store and heading over to the apples. Of the half-dozen varieties on display, imagine that four are grown in orchards you’re familiar with or by people whose names you recognize. And as you push your cart through the aisles, you find products manufactured in Maryland on every shelf.

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FDA proposes sweeping new food safety rules

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The ...

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9-week Potomac Farms Dairy strike ends at Md. site

CUMBERLAND — The Teamsters union has ended a 9-week strike by Potomac Farms Dairy workers in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The Cumberland Times-News reports that members of Teamsters Local 453 ratified a new contract Saturday. Potomac Farms is owned ...

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Delmarva poultry industry escapes major damage

WILMINGTON, Del. — The Delmarva peninsula’s poultry industry is up and running after emerging from Superstorm Sandy relatively unscathed. The Delaware Department of Agriculture said Thursday that there was no significant flooding or poultry house damage, and that chicken farmers ...

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Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought

ST. LOUIS  — Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation’s pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked ...

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Freeze, drought take bite out of fall tourism

INDIANAPOLIS — Devastating spring freezes and a historic drought have stripped some charm from rustic fall destinations, leaving some corn too short to create mazes, orchards virtually devoid of apples and fall colors muted. Extreme weather has forced agritourism ventures ...

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Farms eligible for energy efficiency grants

ANNAPOLIS — State officials say grants of up to -$200,000 are available to Shore farmers looking to upgrade the energy efficiency of their farms. The Maryland Energy Administration says the program is aimed at covering up to 75 percent of ...

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