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 Contest

Students 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?
U.S. farmers are among the most productive in the world. They proudly raise crops and livestock because they want to help feed hungry people. You can show your support for them, and all of agriculture, by submitting your entry by January 31, 2019. Visit agday.org for official contest rules. ​
December 14, 2018 / Uncategorized / Jamie Tiralla / Permalink

On-Farm Composting Workshop January 2019

2019 On-Farm Composting Workshop Anne Arundel County

Demonstration of an Animal Waste Management Technology

A Grant-Funded Project through the Maryland Department of Agriculture

Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District is pleased to help promote an on-farm composting workshop, offered on Friday, January 25th and repeated on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Both workshops begin at 10:00am and end at 4:00pm and held at the Deale Community Library. The event is free for Maryland residents and $35 for out of state residents. Online Registration

About the On-Farm Composting Workshop

The workshop will include a series of presentations by nationally recognized experts in on-farm composting, habitat preservation, and farm planning. There will be hands-on demonstrations and ample time for open discussion among the participants. Following the presentations, the group will travel in their personal vehicles to the Veteran Compost demonstration site which features aerated compost systems for all scales of operation. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

About the Organizers: Peter Moon And Justen Garrity

Peter Moon is the President and Principal Engineer at O2Compost, which has been in operation since 1996. He has designed more than 1,250 aerated compost systems throughout the U.S., Canada and 18 other foreign countries. O2Compost’s mission is to teach the art and science of aerated composting, and to empower individuals and organizations to become advocates for sustainable agriculture and stewards of our land, air and water resources. www.o2compost.com Justen Garrity is the Owner and Founder of Veteran Compost, which is operated primarily by veterans and their families in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. In addition to the wide array of compost and waste-management related services his company offers, Justen happily shares his knowledge as a Compost Consultant. His goal is to continue growing his business, hire more veterans, and save the planet. www.veterancompost.com
November 1, 2018 / Uncategorized / Jamie Tiralla / Permalink

MDA Extends Cover Crop Deadline to Nov. 12

Maryland Department of Agriculture Extends Deadline For Planting Cover Crops to November 12

Rye Cover Crop Photo by Edwin Remsberg ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 24, 2018) — Due to a late harvest and saturated soil conditions, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has extended the November 5 planting deadline by one week for farmers who have signed up to plant cover crops this fall with the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program. Farmers now have until November 12 to plant qualifying cover crops of rye, wheat and triticale on their fields to help control soil erosion and recover unused plant nutrients remaining on their fields. The extension is only available to farmers who use the following planting methods:  no till, conventional, or broadcast with light, minimum or vertical tillage. With the extension, farmers must certify their cover crop with their local soil conservation district within one week of planting and no later than November 19 in order to be reimbursed for associated seed, labor, and equipment costs. “Extending the planting deadline allows farmers enrolled our popular Cover Crop Program to plant more acres of protective cover crops on their fields this fall to control soil erosion, reduce nutrient runoff, build healthy soils, and protect water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Hans Schmidt, the department’s Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation. “Importantly, the extended forecast calls for mild temperatures which should allow for germination to take place,” he said. Cover crops are cereal grains that grow in cool weather. They help slow down rainwater runoff during the winter, when the soil would otherwise be exposed, while recycling any nutrients remaining in the soil from the previous summer crop. They are a key feature in Maryland’s efforts to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the Bay. Maryland’s Cover Crop program is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. For more information, farmers should contact their local soil conservation district or the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program at 410-841-5864.
October 30, 2018 / Uncategorized / Jamie Tiralla / Permalink
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