Commodity Classic set for
Thursday, July 24
The 16th annual Maryland Commodity
Classic, the premier event for Maryland
grain farmers, will be held on Thursday,
July 24. Field tours at the Wye Research
and Education Center begin at 10:00 am,
showcasing the latest work in checkoff
research. Commercial and checkoff-funded
exhibits will open at the 4-H Center at
11:00 am. Maryland Farm & Harvest
host Joanne Clendening returns to
emcee the afternoon program, featuring
keynote speaker Trent Loos. The event
concludes with the famous chicken and
pork barbecue and crab feast. Maryland
Grain Producer Association members
receive complimentary tickets. Contact
the MGPA office for details at
Surpass 2016 and 2017 Bay Goals
The results of the 2013 Bay Model
progress run have been released and
Maryland agriculture is doing great! We
have already surpassed the 2017 interim
goal for sediment loss reduction and
have nearly achieved the 2017 goals for
nitrogen and phosphorous reduction.
Thanks to the hard work and conservation
efforts of our farmers, agriculture as a
sector is outpacing other sectors such
as septic and urban storm water in
reaching our goals.
How could GMOs cause gluten
Every person is
entitled to make their own decisions
about the food they choose to eat and
feed their families. These decisions
however should be based on facts derived
from sound research, not unfounded
claims made to insight fear.
Lindsay Dodd joins Maryland
Grain Producers staff
farmers welcome Lindsay on board,” said
Kevin Anderson, MGPA President. "She
will be a tremendous asset to our
farmers using her knowledge, youth and
enthusiasm to assist us as we face the
many challenges in the future.”
The Facts are In
Did you know that China raises the
second most corn, following the U.S.?
Or that ethanol is only produced from
the starch of the corn kernel, so the
remainder is made into a high protein
animal feed and corn oil? The 2013 World
of Corn report is now available.
& Harvest Captivates Audience
The new series about Maryland
farmers, Maryland Farm & Harvest, launched
in November has become the talk around the water
cooler as viewers see what goes on to
produce their food, fiber, energy and
more. Tune in on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.
Miss an episode? Visit
www.mpt.org/farm to see more.
Phosphorus Management Tool Regulations
Department of Agriculture (MDA)
announced it will withdraw its proposed
regulations to implement the new
Maryland Phosphorus Management Tool
(PMT) from consideration by the Joint
Committee on Administrative, Executive,
and Legislative Review (AELR). This
action also cancels the AELR hearing on
the regulation scheduled for Wednesday,
winning entries for our "Maryland
Farmers Protect the Bay Every Day" bumper sticker
The votes have
been counted and the winners selected.
See if yours made the top three!
Gas prices on
the rise - check out
these 10 ways to save fuel
Junk in your trunk? The rule of
thumb is for every extra 100 pounds, the
vehicle uses an extra 1 mpg.
air filter can decrease gas mileage by
up to 10%.
What is at the
heart of the Food and Fuel discussion?
The Council of
Economic Advisers estimates the total
global increase in corn-based ethanol
production accounts for only about 3
percent of the recent increase in global
So what is
the other 97% causing the price
GET THE FACTS
on Alternative Fuels
Cities offers a brief summary of
A Tale of Two Corns
describes the difference between field
corn and sweet corn you eat
Technologies to Feed and Fuel the World
Top 10 Myths about
Corn and Ethanol
Speakers Bureau now
offers Biofuels: Fueling America’s
Energy Needs through Agriculture
Maryland Grain Farmers Award $1.3 Million
in Grants and Elect New Officers to
The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization
Board (MGPUB) has awarded over $1.3
million to organizations across the
state to increase the profitability and
viability of Maryland grain production,
expand the utilization of grain, and to
improve the understanding of
agriculture. Grant funding is made
possible through the Maryland grain
checkoff program, whereby grain farmers
contribute funds to support market
development, education, and research.
have your wages grown?
Production Stays Green
Much has been in
the news with corn prices at the $5/bushel mark, focusing on
worst-case “what if” scenarios as
ethanol “takes over” the corn supply.
However farmers are staying grounded in
the best management practices they know
that will provide a sustainable future.