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Crop Insurance 2017

Families learning to deal with down sides of farming

        COLLEGE PARK, Md. — While weather woes are common for farmers in any growing season, mental health experts say a particularly tumultuous year can cause high levels of stress for many farm families that could lead to serious complications if left...

St. Mary’s County farmer juggling dual careers

        CHAPTICO, Md. — Situated in the Chaptico area of St. Mary’s County, Indiantown Farm sits alongside the Wicomico River in a section where the waterway is about a mile wide, making it a popular spot for water sports, crabbing, fishing and hunting.For...

Derrs getting by while tending to their blessings

        MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Wife and husband Jamie and Chris Derr are the fourth generation to manage Valley Ho Farm nestled in the Middletown area of Frederick County. The Derrs milk about 75 Holstein dairy cattle and grow corn, soybeans, barley,...

Deadline to insure individual hemp is March 15

        WASHINGTON — March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage for industrial hemp grown for fiber, flowers or seed through Whole Farm Revenue Coverage. Eligibility for coverage will depend on federal and state regulations related to hemp...

Rainfall index plan helpful in managing hay crop

  THURMONT, Md. (Feb. 6, 2017) — As far as horse-boarding facilities go, Breezy Hill Stables is similar to an exclusive, trendy restaurant: There’s always a waiting list. When one horse leaves, 20 more are ready to take its place. “It’s almost like milking cows,”...

Soaked spring weather stresses cucumber industry

  FEDERALSBURG, Md. (Feb. 6, 2018) — When it comes to growing pickling cucumbers, Caroline County farmer Hannah Cawley will tell you that timing is everything. At her family’s farm — Hay Jay Acres, owned by Cawley’s parents, Harry and Janice Nagel — they grow an...

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