Farm briefs

August 08, 2006

'Hulless' barley payment available

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced that an additional incentive payment of $15 per acre is available to farmers enrolled in the 2006-07 Maryland Cover Crop Program who agree to plant a new variety of "hulless" barley.

When combined with the $20/acre rate currently being offered to farmers who want to harvest this cover crop, eligible applicants can receive $35 an acre to plant hulless barley this fall.

The additional incentive payment is being offered through a special grant provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board to encourage farmers to gain experience growing and harvesting this new barley crop in preparation for its use as a feedstock in a local ethanol project now in the planning stages.

Perdue has agreed to purchase the hulless barley. Technical assistance to grow hulless barley will be available through MGPUB and the University of Maryland.


Enrollment in the Hulless Barley Incentive Program is limited and applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The sign-up deadline is Aug. 18.

Farmers should visit their local soil conservation district to sign up. A fact sheet on the program is also available at MDA's Web site,

Soil conservation committee to meet

The State Soil Conservation Committee is meeting Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the Maryland Department of Agriculture's headquarters, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

The meeting will focus on soil conservation and water quality program implementation and policy development. Established in 1938, the committee coordinates the activities of Maryland's 24 soil conservation districts, while advising the Secretary of Agriculture on matters relating to soil and water conservation.

For more information, call Louise Lawrence, executive secretary, at 410-841-5863.

Nutrient management course to be offered

The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Management Program will offer a one-day training course titled Practical Experience in Nutrient Management on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center (Hayden Farm) in Beltsville.

The course will offer practical field experience in a range of areas including silage yield checks, corn grain yields, PSNT testing, and manure spreader calibration.

The registration fee is $15 and covers lunch. Participants will receive six credit hours toward the Maryland Nutrient Management Program's continuing education requirement.

The registration deadline is Aug. 25. To register, call the Nutrient Management Program at 410-841-5959 or visit Scroll down the Quick Links to Nutrient Management and click on 2006 Nutrient Management Training Classes for a registration form in PDF format.

Compiled by the Maryland Agricultural Awareness Alliance, a coalition of federal, state and local agricultural agencies and commodity groups dedicated to educating Marylanders on agricultural issues.

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