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May 2, 2012
The Maryland Poultry Swap and Farmers Market will be Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Hill Farm at 5329 Mondell Road in Sharpsburg.  The swap is for participants to buy, sell and trade their services and products. Spaces can be rented for $10. Participants are encouraged to bring tables, chairs and a canopy. Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine. The sale will feature show-quality bantams, laying hens, hatching eggs, chicks, turkeys, quail, pheasants, peafowl, cages, crates, coops, feeders, nesting boxes, horse riding tack, goats and rabbits, lawn equipment, gardening supplies, local farm products, vegetable and flower plants, local honey and other items.   Food and beverage vendors will be available, as well as family activities such as a straw maze, inflatable bounce and pony rides.  Two educational booths will be featured, including: • “A Lesson in Biosecurity” will help participants understand the dangers to poultry flocks and ways to prevent illness • “Exhibition Clinic” prepares for all things involved with showing poultry, selecting breeding stock, keeping birds healthy, happy and in excellent condition until show time, finding shows and entry forms.
April 25, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission announces the Maryland Poultry Swap and Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, on Green Hill Farm, 5329 Mondell Road, Sharpsburg. Attractions include coop tours, a poultry show clinic, live bluegrass music, pony rides, moon bounce, flea market shopping including crafts, artwork, handmade jewelry, soaps and lotions, and locally produced jellies, preserves, honey and cheeses. Other items available for purchase include laying hens, chicks, quail, turkeys, pheasants, guineas, ducks and geese, hatching eggs, poultry supplies, horse tack, used and new equipment and more.
by ADAM BEHSUDI | July 29, 2005
SHARPSBURG The cages that hold the chickens at the Washington County Ag Expo were not quite as full this year. "They're all gonna win first place because they got no one to compete against," said Tom Topper, the judge of the show. With only 31 entries, the poultry division was hit hard by stringent state regulations to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Compared to last year there were fewer than half the entries this year, according to Jeff Simmers, the 4-H poultry club advisor.
April 22, 2008
SALISBURY. Md. - Gov. Martin O'Malley joined more than 900 poultry growers and industry representatives from across the Delmarva Peninsula on Friday at the 52nd annual Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.'s Booster Banquet to celebrate the industry's accomplishments and to share a vision for a prosperous and an environmentally sustainable future. "The leadership and accomplishments of each and every member of the poultry industry have made it the success it is today," O'Malley said. "It is our job to work together to protect our priorities for the benefit of agriculture - to strengthen and grow our middle class families, our family-owned businesses and our family farms; to expand opportunity; and to protect the health of our citizens and the environment for all to enjoy.
by KRISTIN WILSON | September 21, 2005
Eating turkey conjures images of big, traditional holiday meals complete with stuffing, cranberry dressing, mashed potatoes and plenty of gravy. But promoters of the big bird want consumers to start thinking about the meat in a lighter, more every-day way. Turkey products in the form of burgers, sausages, filets and steaks are increasing in sales every year, say those connected with the industry. For Ross Smith, that's good news. Turkey has been essential to his family since 1929.
By Lynn F. Little | April 15, 1997
Number 10: Safe food handling practices are the ones most likely to preserve food's top quality. Keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold inhibits growth of the microorganisms that can spoil your food or make you ill. Storage at the proper temperature retains the fresh appearance, pleasant aroma, and agreeable texture that contribute to an enjoyable dining experience. Number nine: Safe food handling lets you obtain the full nutritional benefits from the food you have chosen.
By LYNN LITTLE | November 21, 2007
The Thanksgiving menu, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, along with many side dishes, is very much the same from year to year. Two food-safety recommendations for cooking the meal have changed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has eliminated the recommendation for washing raw meat and poultry, including raw turkey, before placing it in the oven. It also adjusted the cooked temperature to 165 degrees for all poultry products. The practice of rinsing the raw turkey in cool running water is no longer recommended.
by JEFF SEMLER | April 11, 2006
Panic or pandemic? It seems more and more we read or hear about the looming threat of avian influenza. Yes, avian influenza, not bird flu. It is time we stop dumbing down things, even if the reason is to reduce panic. So what is Avian influenza? Avian influenza (AI) is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A influenza viruses. Symptoms in birds range from mild illness to epidemics of highly contagious, rapidly fatal disease. Contact of domestic flocks with wild, migratory ducks and geese (which often carry AI virus)
October 22, 2012
The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced that it has received $500,000 in additional funding from the Chesapeake Bay 2010 Trust Fund to expand its Manure Transport Program, including all types of eligible livestock operations seeking financial assistance to transport excess manure off their farms. In recent years, due to budget reductions, Transport Program grants have been awarded almost exclusively to poultry producers shipping poultry litter out of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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