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March 21, 2013
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, to help plant 600 trees and shrubs along a stream on the Long Delite dairy farm in Williamsport.  In the Long family for six generations, the farm is in the process of converting cropland to permanent pasture. The trees will help protect the stream that flows directly to the Potomac River from possible farm runoff. The event is suitable for adults, families and community groups. Please dress for the weather.
NEWS
December 29, 2012
Annie's Project is a national Cooperative Extension workshop series designed to empower women who are farm owners or partners.  If you are a female farmer with a passion for business and involvement in your farm operation, this class is for you. Annie's Project will be offered this winter at Penn State Extension - Adams County in Gettysburg, Pa., on Tuesday nights from Jan. 15 to March 19.  The sessions focus on five areas of risk management...
NEWS
March 7, 2012
A farm equipment safety seminar will be held Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Smith's Implements, 13115 Cearfoss Pike in Hagerstown. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and advanced registration is requested by Friday. The two-hour seminar will include demonstrations and hands-on activities with tractors, weed trimmers, chain saws and power take-off safety. The seminar is a partnership of Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Agricultural Marketing, Smith's Implements and Nationwide Insurance.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2011
Kenny Clopper said he'll have to go mushroom hunting with his wife from now on whether he likes it or not. At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clopper and his wife Barbara, saw a black bear walking across the backyard of their Ashton Road farm near Clear Spring. "My wife saw him first and she went ballistic," Clopper said. "He looked like a young male walking across the back yard. It looked like he was headed toward Hagerstown. " Clopper said the bear quickly fled when he and Barbara went out on the deck of their home and started yelling at the bear.
NEWS
September 9, 2000
Kepler farm protected By DON WORTHINGTON / Staff Writer When the Civil War came raging to South Mountain in September 1862, farmers along the mountain such as the ancestors of Daniel and Helen Kepler hid their horses in the meat house to keep them hidden from marauding soldiers. During the battle, Union artillery occupied the Kepler farm's high ground, directing their fire at Rebel troops. It is also believed that Union Gen. Jesse Reno was mortally wounded on the Kepler property while reconnoitering in front of his troops.
NEWS
May 10, 2001
Kids down on the farm By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer SHARPSBURG - James Port, 6, got to feed a cow some hay Wednesday, but jumped back when he got slimed. continued "Ew. She got her tongue on me," the Eastern Elementary School kindergarten student said. More than 1,000 kindergartners from Washington County schools are touring the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg this week, said Lori Taylor, extension educator for the Maryland Cooperative Extension.
NEWS
By PAT SCHOOLEY | September 9, 1999
Editor's note : This is the 119th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County "It's the best kept secret in the state!" declares South Lynn as he gazes toward The Kennedy Farm, a small log house perched on high stone foundations. This rustic cottage is a National Historic Landmark, one of only two in the county. Lynn's love affair with the little house began in 1965 when he saw a story in the Washington Star: "John Brown Hideout for Sale," with a photograph of the place and a Hagerstown dateline.
NEWS
October 17, 2006
A free workshop is to be held soon for farmers interested in exploring their own cooperative opportunities. "Cooperatives: Working Together to Meet Market Demand" will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at MCC Welcoming Place in Akron, Pa., in Lancaster County, and Nov. 8 at York County 4-H Center. Experts in cooperative management and start-up are to present the nuts and bolts of cooperatives, and experiences working within this model. A light breakfast and hearty lunch will emphasize local foods.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
Use of cover crops to reduce the impact of drought on field crops will be discussed during an evening workshop at the Lyle Tabb farm on Oct. 16. Benefits of cover crops include soil moisture retention, weed control, reduced fertilizer application, reduced soil erosion and overall improved soil quality which results in improved profitability, according to a news release from the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District. The workshop will be held at 5 p.m. at the farm, which is east of Leetown off Paines Ford Road.
NEWS
July 17, 2013
A Warfordsburg, Pa., woman was flown to a hospital after the car she was driving struck a farm tractor Tuesday evening on U.S. 522 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania State Police said. Erin Renee McCusker, 27, was flown to Altoona Regional Health System to be treated for major injuries, according to a state police news release. A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday morning that McCusker was not listed as a patient. Troopers said McCusker was driving a 2002 Chrysler Sebring south on U.S. 522 at about 6:45 p.m. when her vehicle rear-ended an International 1066 farm tractor being driven by Lee James Golden, 39, of Needmore, Pa. Police said the impact caused the tractor to flip over.
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LIFESTYLE
September 6, 2013
Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, will host its fourth annual Great Pumpkin Race Sunday, Sept. 29, with a 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run.  Elite runners, leisure joggers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages have the opportunity to race for prizes, presented for first and second place finishers across five age divisions in male and female categories. The family-oriented one-mile stretch offers optional participation in Summers Farm activities. Registered participants receive refreshments and a ticket for free admission to Summers Farm to use one time during the 2013 season.  Registration packets will be available at Summers Farm from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
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NEWS
August 31, 2013
There are three mazes to choose from at Celebration Farm at 17638 Garden View Road north of Hagerstown, and proceeds benefit local faith-based nonprofit organizations. The corn maze is open Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. Regular maze hours are Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through October. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for ages 5 to 12. Admission is free for children 4 and younger. Wagon rentals cost $5. For more information, go to www.hagerstowncornmaze.org .
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Immigration, the farm bill and alternative energy were among the topics members of the agricultural community asked U.S. Rep. John Delaney about on Wednesday night. About 40 people, including Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, attended the event held at Rinehart Orchards' packing house, north of Smithsburg. J.D. Rinehart, owner and operator of the orchards, said he has employed 28 legal workers from Mexico this year to help with the harvest, picking peaches and apples.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
Two local farm families were recognized Tuesday morning for their agricultural conservation work by the Washington County Soil Conservation District and the Washington County Board of Commissioners. During a ceremony at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Hagerstown, Robert Martz and his son, Michael, won the Sustaining Conservation Award for 2013 for their  conservation efforts over time. And the family-owned farm Lewis' Orchards and Farms LLC in Cavetown won the Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award for its efforts over the past year.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners will tour nursing homes operated by Transitions Healthcare LLC and Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC as they decide whether to accept one of the firm's proposals to buy Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. On Tuesday, the three commissioners chose the two companies as finalists from 10 proposals submitted to buy the county-owned skilled nursing center on Franklin Farm Lane. Officials said the sale price is expected to be between $10 million and $11.6 million.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
Valley Pride LLC, a group of 21 family farms based in the Harrisonburg, Va., area, has purchased the former Good Humor-Breyers ice-cream plant in Hagerstown and plans to begin milk and ice-cream production this fall, according to a company official. Randy Inman, vice president of Valley Pride and Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative, declined to say how much the cooperative paid for the property. During a ceremony Tuesday, at which Hagerstown and Washington County officials joined company officials in making the announcement about the purchase of the plant, Inman said it's been “a long, hard road.” The farmers have worked diligently to try to “fulfill this lifelong dream of ours to own our own processing facilities,” he said.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
You have heard the question: How are we going to feed 9 billion people? That is the expected world population total by 2050. Today, the Earth is home to a little more than 7 billion people, which by the way, we do not consistently feed. Not because we do not produce enough food, but because of infrastructure issues and political corruption. Actually, agriculture produces enough calories to feed 9 billion people. However, as Michael Pollan reminds us, eating and food is more than simply consuming calories.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
Waynesboro Fish & Game Protective Association LLC received approval Monday for 12 acres of its Christmas tree farm to be designated as an agricultural security area. The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the organization's application for the municipal program. Acceptance into a municipal agricultural security area is a requirement before a property can be part of the Franklin County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Fish and game club officials said they have applied with the county program.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2013
Marie Carras was checking out the produce at The Green Bean produce stand along Jefferson Boulevard near Smithsburg Friday morning. Carras, 61, said she shops at local produce stands to make up for what she does not grow in her own garden, and because “it supports the farm community, and it's great for the environment, because it's not being trucked somewhere.” As the Myersville, Md., woman got in her car, she pointed out food purchases -...
EDUCATION
July 28, 2013
The Tri-State Farm Toy Collectors Club recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Benjamin M. Seibert. Seibert, a graduate of Williamsport High School, plans to attend the University of Maryland in College Park and major in environmental engineering. The scholarship is awarded annually to students in the Tri-State area who plan to study in natural resources/agriculture-related fields.
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