Category : Environment & Regulatory Updates

  The nation’s poultry industry is on high alert as cases of avian flu have been confirmed in the Pacific, Central and Mississippi flyways. In order to help protect our poultry producers from the HPAI outbreak, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you stay informed on all the latest news concerning the spread. Read More »

By: Kurt Fuchs, Government Affairs Officer In the seven months since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been busy establishing the rules and regulations that provide more detail on how to actually use the various programs established by the bill. Much of the buzz right. Read More »

The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) revised nutrient management regulations took effect October 15, 2012 and are being implemented in stages over the next several years. Here are descriptions of the new requirements along with corresponding deadlines.   Effective Immediately Nutrient management plans that were developed before October 15, 2012 will need to be updated. Read More »

Nutrient application and management is very important to farmers in order to reduce environmental pollution and associated risks of contamination.  Here is a summary, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, of what nutrient application requirements are in effect right now:   Chemical fertilizer may be applied from September 1 to November 15 for a growing crop, as. Read More »

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering the empty plastic pesticide container recycling program in 2013. Maryland’s pesticide container recycling program is a combined effort of state, county, and federal agencies and private industry working together to protect the environment. Rinsing and recycling empty pesticide containers will help to reduce the potential for contamination of. Read More »

By Kurt Fuchs, Government Affairs Officer   Over the past couple of weeks, two major legal cases with serious implications for agricultural production in the region and across the country have seen their opening days in court. On Thursday, October 4th the oral arguments in American Farm Bureau Federation v Environmental Protection Agency were heard. Read More »

Vigilance is key for poultry farmers interested in staving off flock infections, particularly as the weather gets colder, according to a press release issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Dr. Heather Hirst, veterinarian for the department, advises raising biosecurity practices, which will help with the prevention of poultry diseases. Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease and. Read More »

Three recipients or teams have been awarded by two Virginia bodies for their involvement in the 2010 Pesticide Safety Education Program, according to a press release. Recognized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Virginia Pesticide Control Board, the awards went to agents, an individual and a team. The Soil Fumigation. Read More »

Many farmers might consider the winter to be a time of planning ahead for the next season rather than actual agricultural work. However, there are a few things farmers can attend to during the colder months to ensure a successful spring and summer. The past few years has seen a rapid increase in the presence. Read More »

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is making it easier than ever for agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 20 counties statewide to safely discard pesticides, according to a press release. The 2012 options for CHEMSWEEP this year will differ from last year. The effort is especially necessary because pesticide products often are discontinued or phased. Read More »