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Turning pollution into crop nutrients to be focus of 2015 Manure Expo - As agricultural groups and government agencies continue to tackle the vexing problem of nutrient pollution entering waterways, Penn State Extension is hosting an event in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed aimed at helping producers to reduce negative impacts of excess manure nutrients. More at our Farm News page>>
Retail ground beef at record highs; prices soar 86 percent in 5 years - The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high in February, hitting $4.23 per pound, according to federal officials. Five years ago, in February 2010, the average price of a pound of ground beef was $2.27. The price has since climbed by $1.96 per pound, or an increase of 86.1 percent.
Maryland Ag Secretary reads to elementary students - Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder recently read to kindergarten and fourth grade students and led hands on activities at a school in Baltimore County as part of “Read Across Maryland” Month and National Agriculture Day. More at our Farm News page>> Poultry farms taking steps to prevent avian influenza - Virginia officials have urged commercial poultry farmers and backyard flock owners to observe strict biosecurity measures in light of avian influenza outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest, California and Midwestern states. The Virginia State Veterinarian says poultry farm operators should keep unnecessary visitors off their farms. More at our Farm News Page>> Spring forest fire season underway in WV - The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season started March 1, 2015, and runs through May 31, 2015. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. More at our Farm News Page>>