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In The News: Farmers applaud agriculture law initiative

(The following article appeared in the Frederick News-Post Monday, June 30) The Agriculture Law Education Initiative launched a little more than a year ago, and farmers like the measure state lawmakers founded on a $250,000 budget. In 2011, the Maryland General Assembly tasked the university system...

Maryland Helps Farmers Navigate Changing Laws

(The following article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Terp Magazine .) Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Parkville, Md., is a much different operation than when the family first started raising chickens a century ago. Fruits and vegetables are now sold directly from the farm instead of hauled to...

Advanced Green Office Certification for AREC

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AREC has now earned Silver Certification in the Office Sustainability Program by the University Office of Sustainability. This reflects the enthusiastic support from an active Sustainability Committee, as the Department had been awarded Bronze Certification in January. Furthering the goals of...

AREC Undergrad Earns Research Award

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Through an internship studying the factors affecting renewable energy installation adoption rates Jessica Post has proven herself a formidable researcher. The National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research has formally recognized her accomplishments as one of Maryland's...

Extraordinary Dissertation Recognized by University

The University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award for dissertations completed in 2013 will be presented this year on May 8 at the Graduate School Annual Fellowship and Award Celebration. The department is very pleased to announce that recent alumnus Dr. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea is one of the...

Join us on Maryland Day!

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Maryland Day 2014 promises a full day of fun and learning across the whole campus. Do stop by the Animal Sciences Building foyer for some family games that highlight the challenges of balancing resources while practicing environmental stewardship. You will learn, you will have fun, and you will win...

AREC Student Recognized by Alumni Association

The College is pleased to extend congratulations to Joseph Maher, who is to receive one of the 2014 AGNR Alumni Awards this month. The Chapter's 47th Annual Alumni Celebration takes place on Thursday, April 10, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the College Park Campus. The award presentations...

Crop Insurance Eligibility and Maryland's Cover Crop Program

For the 2014 crop year, USDA has developed a common policy towards crop insurance for RMA, FSA, and NRCS. This fact sheet lays out that common policy and how it will interact with Maryland's Cover Crop Program. Producers participating in Maryland's program will need to make sure that they terminate...

2014 Update Crop Insurance Webinar Now Online

On March 11, the Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy sponsored the 2014 Maryland Crop Insurance Update webinar along with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the USDA's Risk Management Agency. The webinar featured Dr. Gary Schnitkey, a professor and farm management specialist...

AGNR Student Inspired by USDA Forum Experience

Pinzhang Li, a senior in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, was one of 20 undergraduate students from universities across the country selected to attend the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The event was held in Arlington, Va. and...

Climate Scientists on Capitol Hill

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Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill has become a valuable educational meeting for bringing climate scientists and legislators together. On January 29, 2014, event organizers facilitated more than 100 congressional meetings for the fourth annual event. A training session on communicating science...

Keynote in Milan

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The Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics was well represented this February as the University of Milan hosted the second annual meeting of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE). Professor Anna Alberini presented one of the keynote lectures, addressing...

Study Explores Adoption of Household Stormwater Management Practices

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Urban stormwater runoff is a large and increasing source of Maryland's pollutant load to the Chesapeake Bay. Local governments will need to partner with communities to increase awareness and provide incentives to motivate existing homeowners to adopt stormwater best management practices (BMPs). How...

AGNR Student Selected to Attend USDA Forum

A student from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources was recently selected out of a pool of candidates from universities around the country to attend the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture. A senior in the...

AREC sponsors An Evening with Paul Farmer on February 4

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As the "home" of the Global Poverty minor, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is pleased to sponsor An Evening with Paul Farmer at the Hoff Theater on Tuesday, February 4. Please join us from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. - all are welcome until seats are filled.

Trend Adjusted APH Option Available for Wheat

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Overview In 2014, Maryland wheat producers will have a new option in their crop insurance coverage. Actual Production History (APH) is a 4 to 10 year yield average used to calculate each producer’s production guarantee. Producers with 10-years of yield history are penalized because yields have...

2014 Changes for Organic Crop Insurance

Organic producers will see changes in the Organic Crop Insurance Program for 2014. Beginning in the 2014 crop year, RMA will: allow organic producers growing crops under contract to use the contract price as their “price election” (if authorized on the actuarial table for the crop in the county);...

IN THE NEWS: AGNR Alums’ Nourishmat, AREC Professor featured in Baltimore Sun

( NOTE: The Following article appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, September 3 ) Earth Starter is having the sort of year startups dream of. The company, founded by University of Maryland graduates, sells a kit designed to make gardening easy in small spaces. You lay the 4-by-6-foot mat on...

Can an Insured Crop Follow a Cover Crop?

Yes, but farmers must terminate the cover crop before the deadline listed in NRCS’s Cover Crop Termination Guidelines for Non-Irrigated Cropland (available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=stelprdb1241229&ext=pdf ). In Maryland, farmers must terminate the cover...

Maryland Agriculture is $8.25 Billion Industry, UMD Study Shows

The impact of agriculture on Maryland’s economy amounts to $8.25 billion annually, according to a recent study published by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. The study, conducted by Professor...

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