By: Devin Doolan The COVID-19 pandemic has blown Maryland’s dairy industry into uncharted waters, but Brooks Long, a seventh generation dairy farmer in Williamsport, MD, has found success during a time when many local operations are dwindling. He and his wife, Katie, bought their dairy operation in 2009, but it was their decision to begin producing and selling their own milk in 2019 that put them in a position to succeed during the pandemic. Their […]
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Why Milk Producers had to Dump Milk because of COVID-19
Katie Dotter-Pyle, Co-Owner and Farmer at Cow Comfort Inn Dairy and Creamery, has put together this video explaining why dairy farmers were forced to dump some of the milk they produced as a result of COVID-19 disruptions. Her explanation was so thorough that she is now being interviewed by various news outlets, including Bloomberg News, to share her knowledge of the pandemic’s impact on milk production. To the benefit of us all, Katie will be […]
Unlikely Opponents in the Chesapeake Bay Clean-up: County Governments vs. the Conowingo Dam
By: Sarah Everhart According to Chip MacLeod, Esq. the Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort has focused on non-point sources such as agriculture, septic tanks, and stormwater and ignored the impacts of the mighty Susquehanna River as the single largest source of pollution to Chesapeake Bay and the Conowingo Dam factor. The Conowingo Dam, owned and operated by Exelon Generation, has been Maryland’s largest source of hydroelectric energy for more than 90 years. The Dam also […]
Have questions about hemp in Maryland? Join us on November 5th for the second annual UMES Industrial Hemp Conference!
By: Nicole Cook This year’s virtual conference will cover marketing and processing, and hemp production and management, including organic cultivation. In addition, this year’s conference will again include a stellar panel to discuss the current state of federal and state regulations for hemp. Jim Drews from Maryland Department of Agriculture will be joined by Trish Hall, Chief Compliance Officer for Native Plant Company, Kevin Atticks from the Maryland Hemp Coalition, and Renee Johnson from […]
Why is a Virginia Farmer Suing the EPA? Find out at the Ag & Environmental Law Conference
By Sarah Everhart Bobby Whitescarver and his wife Jeanne Hoffman operate Meadowview Farm, a cow-calf operation in Swoope, Virginia. According to Whitescarver, they have implemented many best management practices in order to limit environmental impacts to the Middle River that runs through their farm. “Our farm produces wholesome beef and clean water,” he says. The practices include rotational grazing, riparian forest buffers, stream fencing, and nutrient management. Whitescarver has a unique interest in these best […]