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Survey: Md. 3rd in nation in protecting farmland

Maryland ranks third in the nation in the number of acres protected by farmland protection programs and third in total dollars spent, according to an annual survey released Tuesday by the American Farmland Trust, a national organization that works to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices and keep farmers on the land.

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Environmental groups split over Md. farm certainty

Environmental groups are splitting over a bill designed to give farmers more certainty about how Chesapeake Bay restoration regulations will affect them. The bill is scheduled for a hearing next week before a Senate committee. It would exempt farmers from ...

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Chesapeake shows signs of resilience, report finds

Bay grasses, crabs and rockfish are showing signs of resilience in the Chesapeake Bay, which continues to suffer from poor water quality as a growing population stresses it, according to a report released Thursday. The bay barometer provides a snapshot ...

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Getting in the solar zone

General contractor George Brown had the perfect place to put up a solar farm in West Friendship. He even had an energy consulting company lined up to lease the land and make it happen, Baltimore-based BithEnergy Inc.

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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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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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Md. organic firms not worried about California initiative

Owners of small organic businesses in Maryland aren’t fretting about a California ballot initiative that would require the labeling of genetically engineered ingredients in products like food and clothing because, they say, their products don’t have any ingredients to hide. ...

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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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