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By JEFF SEMLER | jsemler@umd.edu | June 25, 2012
Agricultural literacy is a large concern of mine, and sort of a cause, if you will. My concern was heightened when I read about a survey conducted by a British charity called LEAF, which revealed that only 40 percent of young adults associated cows with milk. Furthermore, only 33 percent and 36 percent, respectively, were unaware eggs came from chickens and bacon comes from pigs. So what is agriculture?  Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines it this way: The science or art of cultivating the soil, producing a crop and raising livestock.  A synonym given is farming, and is probably what most people think of as agriculture.  At best, agriculture is part of people's nostalgia, Farmer Brown or Grandpa's Farm.
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EDUCATION
June 13, 2012
The Gene Iager Agricultural Scholarship is offered to Maryland dairy youth who are members of a junior breed organization (all breeds), have had a 4-H dairy project and are enrolled in a four-year program at a college of agriculture. The $5,000 scholarship was established in 2007 by Iager, a dairy, turkey and grain farmer in Howard County. The award will be presented at the Maryland State Fair during the 4-H Supreme Dairy Show. The scholarship can be won by an individual one time.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 15, 2012
At a cybersecurity conference last week, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett noted that China will graduate seven times as many engineers as U.S. schools will this year and encouraged more students to get involved in the sciences. Some potential future engineers were at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sunday, getting hands-on experience with rudimentary automatons at the 4-H Robotics Open House. Liam Von Alt, 9, was trying to get his creation to go forward, but it stubbornly insisted on staying in reverse, sending him back to the laptop computer to reconnect his robot and tweak the program.
NEWS
February 27, 2012
Is agriculture an economic engine, a part of national defense or is it just producing food? I guess it depends on your point of view. However, I would say it is all three. How can it be, you say? First, let's look at agriculture as an economic engine. According to a report from the Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force Economic Development Committee, when a dairy farm spends money locally, it creates a multiplier effect more than two times the original dollar. In other words, for every $1 a dairy farm spends, roughly $2.50 in wages and related business transactions is contributed to the local economy.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
For the past five years, driving their tractors to school has been a way for some James Buchanan High School students to celebrate agriculture during National Future Farmers of America Week. But a telephone call has brought Drive Your Tractor to School Day to a screeching halt. James Buchanan Principal Rodney Benedick said Wednesday's event was the last time it will be held. “We were informed by the Pennsylvania State Police that this practice violates several Pennsylvania driving codes, and thus will not be repeated or supported in the future,” Benedick said.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
Most people know that February is Black History Month. Many have heard of many famous and important contributors to the advancement of this great nation, such as Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and many others. However, my favorite man contributed immensely to our nation and his race. He was a pioneer and advocate of agriculture, and by the end of this article, I trust you will see his contributions all around you. One of my favorite Americans is George Washington Carver.  From inauspicious and dramatic beginnings, Carver became one of the nation's greatest educators and agricultural researchers.  From an early age, he developed a keen interest in plants.
NEWS
January 16, 2012
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Association and Franklin County Conservation District will hold the second annual joint meeting Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at Solomon's Lutheran Church in Chambersburg. This year¿s speaker will be Trevor Hoff, who lives in Carroll County, Md. He is 19 years old and a sophomore at Carroll Community College, where his is studying agriculture business and political science. Hoff lives on a farm where his family grows crops and raises black Angus beef cattle and pigs.
NEWS
January 16, 2012
Last week, I started down the road talking about the Land Grant Act, which established colleges of agriculture and mechanics. As you might remember, the Land Grant Act gave 30,000 acres of public land to each state for each of its senators and congressmen. So even the smallest state was guaranteed 90,000 acres. The land was sold and the proceeds were to be used to fund agricultural colleges. Most of these schools are easy to identify, such as the University of Maryland, Penn State University, Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and so on. However, there are others that are not as easily identified, such as Rutgers, Cornell and Purdue.
NEWS
December 26, 2011
I have been watching with a lot of interest lately the news reports about both “Made in America” and “Making a Difference” features. It is fascinating to me how novel these ideas seem to be to the folks doing the reporting. I guess because I was raised in a community that still values and emphasizes the Judo-Christian work ethic, I don't find hardworking Americans or generous Americans an anomaly. I did have to chuckle when an unnamed news anchor was in Iowa covering the recent Republican presidential debate and she made a detour to a grocery store to do a “Made in America” segment.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
Maryland's agricultural industry leaders will dine with state and national legislators  Thursday, Feb. 2, to celebrate the importance of Maryland's No. 1 industry, agriculture. More than 700 people are expected to attend the annual "Taste of Maryland Agriculture" gala at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md., sponsored by the Maryland Agriculture Council Inc. During the dinner, the council will award several grants for various agricultural projects throughout the state. The council's grants program offers funding to individuals or organizations for the promotion and education of agriculture.
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