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Agriculture Notes


Public comments being accepted on conservation program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on the Conservation Reserve Program through Wednesday online or through the local Farm Service Agency in Westminster.

Farm producers and the public may make comments on the need for the continuation of the program, as well as other issues, such as enrollments and contract expirations.

The conservation program is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners that offers rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland.

For information on topics open for comment, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/dafp/cepd/crpinfo.htm, or call 410-848-2780.

Sustainable agriculture conference planned in Jan.

Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture will hold its annual conference, "Farming for Profit and Stewardship," on Jan. 14 and 15 at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.

The conference features workshops and speakers on such topics as beneficial insect identification and conservation, successful farming enterprises, marketing, graziers forum, flower marketing, alternative tree crops, multiuse brassica cover crops, using the Web, trends, farmers' markets, strawberry production, animal stress, managing farm risk and cover crops for potatoes.

The keynote address will be given after lunch Jan. 15 by Temple Grandin from Colorado State University on "Animals in Translation."

Registration is required by Dec. 27. The cost varies depending on membership, one or two days' attendance and accommodations.

Information: 410-604-2681.

Cut-your-own tree guide available from county

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development has published its annual Christmas tree brochure, Christmas Trees & Holiday Greens in Carroll County, Maryland.

The brochure is available through the Office of Tourism, public libraries and the department.

The brochure lists 15 Christmas tree farms in Carroll County with cut-your-own or some pre-cut trees. Contact information, dates and times of operations, tree types, sizes, directions and other available products such as wreaths and roping are listed.

The brochure can be accessed online at www.carrollag.org.

Information: 410-386-2070.

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