Severn River Watershed Code Change Effective January 1, 2019
As of January 1, 2019 the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District will accept a professional engineer, professional land surveyor or a licensed landscape architect signature on the consultant’s certification on sediment and erosion control plans in the Severn River Watershed. Background A consultant’s certification on a sediment and erosion control plan verifies that the sediment and erosion control measures on the plan are adequate to contain the silt and erosion. For plans within the Severn Watershed, this was required to be signed by a Professional Engineer, even though a professional land surveyor and or licensed landscape architect could develop the plan. House Bill 766 changed this process so that a professional land surveyor and or licensed landscape architect could sign the certification. The AASCD Board of Supervisors consulted with the Severn River Watershed Commission and all parties agreed to the change. It received a favorable vote at the AASCD Board of Supervisors December meeting and will take effect on January 1, 2019. New Consultant Certification Form
2019 Ag Day Essay Contest
2019 Official Topic“Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?” Sponsored by: CHS Inc., Farm Progress & the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Entry Deadline: January 31, 2019 Prizes:
- National Video Essay Winner – $1,000
- National Written Essay Winner – $1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the National Press Club Event on March 14, 2019.
About the ContestStudents across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?” The ACA encourages students to describe how agriculture impacts their daily life and how it will feed the world with the growing population. We encourage all entrants to support their position with facts. As you prepare your entry, consider how you might draw on, or examine, some of the following trends:
- Global population is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050
- Increasing global consumer interest in how food is produced and processed
- Popularity and growth of high protein diets featuring plant-based protein
- Health and fitness driving consumer food buying habits
- Influence of technology and biotechnology on food production, such as precision agriculture, drones and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms)
- There’s a shortfall of students entering agriculture, versus the number of job openings. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 20,000 agriculture jobs are left unfilled annually.
- Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people; a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s.
- Average age of today’s farmer is 58 years old, who will take over?