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by TARA REILLY | January 5, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - About 3,000 pounds of raw milk spilled from a bulk tank Thursday, rushed across the parlor floor and swirled down a drain. Dairy farmer Greg Wiles said he had no choice but to waste the milk because he no longer can supply it to the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association. The cooperative, which markets milk for 1,500 dairy farmers in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, suspended Wiles' membership for failing to meet state standards, a spokeswoman has said.
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by TARA REILLY | January 4, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - The Humane Society of Washington County is investigating a complaint about the farm where a financially burdened farmer cares for 110 animals, including two cloned cows. Humane Society Executive Director Paul Miller on Wednesday confirmed the investigation but would not provide details, saying it was an "open investigation. " Greg Wiles keeps the cows on his father's 200-acre farm on Big Bend Way near Williamsport. Wiles faces an eviction hearing next week in Washington County Circuit Court for allegedly failing to pay rent on the property.
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by Jeff Semler | October 17, 2006
The little state that roared. That's what can be said for Maryland at the recently concluded World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Each year, dairy farmers, and business and industry leaders meet in Madison for a week-long exposition. During this time, thousands of visitors from across the globe come together for trade shows, cattle shows, educational forums, contests, meetings and awards banquets. The week opens with 4-H and Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contests. This year, as in many years past, Marylanders were at or near the top of the winners list.
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by JANET HEIM | July 19, 2006
Editor's note: There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like ... Charles Shank Age - 80 Occupation - Retired farmer Hometown - Hagerstown Where would you see Shank? - When he isn't busy tending his garden or helping care for his neighbor's beef cattle, Shank enjoys the view from the porch swing of the Cearfoss home he and his wife, June, have lived in for almost 30 years.
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By JEFF SEMLER | December 27, 2005
With 2006 looming on the horizon and many folks pondering New Year's Resolutions, I, too, would like to look ahead. I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but I do plan ahead. So I will be sharing with you some of the things we have planned for you in the upcoming months. First, we will be offering an Extension Winter Dairy Talk Series. University dairy specialists and industry representatives will give presentations and lead discussions on dairy-related topics, including Premise ID/Animal ID, Sexed Semen, Factors Affecting Culling Rates, Transitioning the Farm Business, USDA's Johnes Program, Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN)
NEWS
December 6, 2005
The Dairy Regulatory Review Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Administrative Office Building No. 3 at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick. Committee members include dairy farmers, dairy industry representatives and county health department officials. Former Frederick County Delegate James E. "Doc" McClellan chairs the committee. For more information, call Mark Powell at MDA, 1-410-841-5770.
NEWS
December 6, 2005
JEFFERSON, Md. - Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative honored dairy farmers with quality producer awards at the cooperative's Oct. 26 district meeting. They earned the honor by consistently achieving specific milk quality standards for 11 and 12 months from August 2004 to July 2005. Two members also were recognized for 25 years of cooperative membership. "Maryland & Virginia has a tradition of providing processors and consumers alike with high quality milk and we could not do that without the support and dedication of all our farmers," said Grant Gayman, member services manager.
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November 1, 2005
ANNAPOLIS - The Dairy Regulatory Review Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Administrative Office Building No. 3 at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Md. Topics of discussion will include recommendations of the committee. Members include dairy farmers, dairy industry representatives and county health department officials. Former Frederick County Delegate James E. "Doc" McClellan chairs the committee. For more information, call Tracey DeShields at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1-410-767-3480; or Mark Powell at MDA, 1-410-841-5770.
NEWS
October 11, 2005
ANNAPOLIS - The Dairy Regulatory Review Committee will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Administrative Office Building No. 3 on the grounds of the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Md. Committee members include dairy farmers, dairy industry representatives and county health department officials. Former Frederick County Delegate James E. "Doc" McClellan chairs the committee. For more information, call Tracey DeShields at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 1-410-767-3480 or Mark Powell at Maryland Department of Agriculture at 1-410-841-5770.
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September 6, 2005
ANNAPOLIS - The Dairy Regulatory Review Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Administrative Office Building No. 3 at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Md. Topics of discussion are to include the work plan for the committee and discussions of the regulation of milk in neighboring states. Committee members include dairy farmers, dairy industry representatives and county health department officials. Former Frederick County Delegate James E. "Doc" McClellan chairs the committee.
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