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"Manure Happens" campaign kicks off in Maryland - With spring planting just around the corner, the Md. Dept. of Agriculture wants to help educate the public on how farmers recycle and manage manure resources. “We want citizens to be aware that farmers who recycle manure as a crop nutrient and soil conditioner following MDA guidelines and requirements are doing their part to protect local streams and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Md. Agriculture Sec.Joe Bartenfelder. More at our Farm News page>> Agriculture Mediation Services available for farm-related disputes - Mediation is a valuable tool for resolving the occasional agriculture-related dispute before it ends up in court. Virginia officials recently announced this service is now available to Virginia’s agriculture community through a partnership with the North Carolina Agriculture Mediation Program (NCAMP), which operates out of Western Carolina University. More at our Farm News page>> New crop production guide aimed at helping farmers tap growing organic markets - The newly published Penn State Organic Crop Production Guide -- believed to be the first and only organic field-crop production guide tailored to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions -- is among the most comprehensive university-produced guides in the country. Sales of organic products in the US jumped more than 11.5 percent in 2013. More at our Farm News page>> Crop insurance proposal would include fruits and vegetables - USDA is proposing changes that could lead to the expansion of crop insurance to additional crops, including many fruits and vegetables. "We should be encouraging the production of fruits and vegetables with the same level of commitment that we support row crops and traditional commodities." Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. More at our Farm News Page>>