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May 12, 2014

Maryland takes aim at mosquitoes

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says it's launching an aerial offensive to combat mosquitoes.

Aug 27, 2013

Eye Opener: Cardin says he’ll try to undo sequester

A few government and politics headlines for Tuesday.

Aug 26, 2013

Department of Agriculture withdraws regulations after farmers protest

In a matter of hours on Monday, Eastern Shore lawmakers and farming interest groups went from outraged to satisfied with proposed state regulations.

May 1, 2013

The weight of the state

Why the state Department of Agriculture visited our business and how it could cost us money.

Apr 18, 2013

Chesapeake Bay grasses decline again

Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay continued to decline last year, and Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee the year before are to blame, researchers said Thursday as they released results of an aerial survey of the ecologically important aquatic plants. The 2011 storms dumped a torrent of mud and debris into the bay, and […]

Jun 21, 2012

Md. senators: Farm bill retains bay protections

Maryland senators say a farm bill passed by the Senate retains important bay conservation programs. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, meanwhile, says it is encouraged by the bill passed Thursday. The foundation says the Senate had originally eliminated $50 million a year in cost-share programs for farmers, which senators from bay states were able to save. […]

Mar 11, 2012

Maryland wineries looking for tax break

ANNAPOLIS — With soil properties that match those of the famous Napa Valley in California, Maryland is primed to increase its footprint in the wine industry. Or it would be, a Maryland Wineries Association spokeswoman said, if the cost to start a vineyard or winery wasn’t so high. Legislation in the House of Delegates Ways […]

Oct 5, 2011

Feds announce $10.9M in grants for Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON — Environmental projects across the Chesapeake Bay watershed will receive $10.9 million in grants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture as well as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and members of Congress plan to announce the grants Wednesday. The Chesapeake Bay Program says the 55 projects will reduce nitrogen, […]

Sep 12, 2011

Smaller corn surplus could push food prices higher

NEW YORK — Food prices could rise next year because an unseasonably hot summer is expected to damage much of this year’s U.S. corn crop. The Department of Agriculture estimates a surplus of 672 million bushels of corn will be left over at the end of next summer. The estimated surplus is down from last […]

May 19, 2011

Urban farmers growing shrimp in Hampden

In an old cinderblock building near the foot of 36th Street in Hampden, the latest addition to Baltimore’s urban farming push is under construction. Large tanks, filters, drains and pipes are being fitted into the old building, which for years sat vacant and blighted. This summer, 1,000 larvae of freshwater shrimp, or prawns, will be […]

May 10, 2011

Board moves forward with Maryland horse park plans

The Maryland Horse Industry Board is moving forward with plans to create a state horse park by looking to the Maryland Stadium Authority to figure out how to pay for it. The board has been working on a request for information for a 500-acre park that would be used for competitive riding events, steeplechase, show […]

Mar 8, 2011

Horse park plans revived by state

Maryland is revisiting the idea of building a state horse park — designed to boost tourism — after plans to construct one were dropped four years ago. The Maryland Horse Industry Board met Tuesday to work on a request for interest in a state horse park that would take up about 500 acres of land. […]

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