DNR Seeks Public Insight on Deer Management
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the state’s management of white-tailed deer. The input will be used to help revise the state’s deer management plan for the next 15 years, establishing long-term goals, and identifying specific objectives and strategies for achieving them. Through Feb. 28, the public can provide comments online. The department is also accepting feedback by phone at 410-260-8540; by fax at 410-260-8596; or in writing to: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Avenue, E-1, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401. “We look forward to hearing from all citizens interested in one of Maryland’s most important wildlife species – the white-tailed deer,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “Public input is vital to crafting a well-rounded plan that includes all opinions about deer and how they should be managed.” A brief summary of the current status of white-tailed deer management will be presented at four public meetings: Western Region Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Mountain Ridge High School 100 Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Lane Frostburg, Maryland 21532 Southern Region Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus Room 113, Business and Industry Building 8730 Mitchell Road La Plata, Maryland 20646 Eastern Region Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Chesapeake College Room 127, Health Professions and Athletics Center 1000 College Drive Wye Mills, Maryland 21679 Central Region Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. New Town High School 4931 New Town Boulevard Owings Mills, Maryland 21117 Meetings are weather-dependent, and will be postponed if schools are closed on the scheduled day. Attendees should check the department website for closure and rescheduling information.
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?