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A farm in Northeast West Virginia captured second place in a countrywide contest for measuring the production of corn, according to a press release. Miltenberger Farm in Keyser, the seat of Mineral County, achieved 279.6187 bushels of corn per acre in the non-irrigated category of the National Corn Yield Contest. Sponsored by the National Corn. Read More »

One-thousand acres of woods on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland will be named for the state’s first forester, according to the Baltimore Sun. Fred W. Besley first began his tenure as state forester in 1906 after having been tapped by the first leader of the U.S. Forest Service. The Maryland Board of Public Works. Read More »

Programs that prepare high school students for the workforce with meat processing skills are developing in West Virginia, according to a press release. The state agriculture department said 35 schools statewide have programs in operation that qualify or push beyond requirements for meat-cutting businesses. Two counties – Pleasants and Marshal – are building new facilities.. Read More »

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture recently visited a university in Virginia to speak about the need to get young farmers going in the industry. Secretary Tom Vilsack was on the campus of Virginia State University in Ettrick and spoke about how he’d like more young people to pursue a career in farming, according to the. Read More »

Organic farming is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the U.S. and in order to help operators in this field the Maryland Department of Agriculture is holding an informational meeting next month. The seventh annual Organic Grain, Forage and Vegetable Production meeting will take place on March 6 at Chesapeake College in Wye. Read More »

Oysters that call the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland home this past fall achieved the top survival rate in 26 years, state Governor Martin O’Malley said in a press release. The 2011 Fall Oyster Survey revealed the sea creature had a survival rate of 92 percent, which indicates how many of them were found alive in. Read More »

Organic dairy farmers throughout the country are running low on organic milk amid high demand for the product. High feed and fuel prices have also contributed to the difficulties farmers have encountered when trying to meet the demand for organic milk, according to USA Today. The news provider reports that there have been organic milk. Read More »

The full senate of West Virginia is preparing to debate whether the state Department of Agriculture should oversee operations at deer farms, according to West Virginia Metro News. The state senate finance committee earlier this week passed the bill, which proposes pulling the responsibility away from the Department of Natural Resources. “The biggest thing we’re. Read More »

A group of high school students in Pennsylvania who are considering becoming young farmers recently spoke to the state’s secretary of agriculture. Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George D. Greig met with six students from Kutztown High School who are all members of the Future Farmers of America, according to the Reading Eagle. Greig spoke with the. Read More »

A group of farmers in Pennsylvania is starting a service that will deliver fresh, organic agricultural products right to consumers’ doors. Oasis at Bird-in-Hand, which is aided by 30 Plain Sect farmers, is planning to start a subscription service that will deliver a variety of farm products to people’s houses every week, according to the. Read More »