Aquaculture, Solar Farms, and the Future of the Shore Economy

When one thinks about the economies of the Eastern Shore, two of the first things that come to mind are poultry and seafood. This piece in the Washington Times highlights other industries—aquaculture and solar—that are trying to take root and help the Eastern Shore forge a new economic identity. The goal, the author notes, is …

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People’s Climate March & Making Climate Cool! Summit

Rising sea levels, saltwater intrusion, and intensifying storm levels – the results of climate change – are being felt across the country and the globe. While there are a variety of factors contributing to this problem, there is an exciting way to combat these impacts through good farming practices – maintaining healthy soils. We have …

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Maryland Beekeepers Ended 2016 with Another Year of Heavy Losses

By Bill Castro Bee Friendly Apiary The year 2016 will be known to Maryland beekeepers as another year of extremely heavy losses. According to Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), losses exceeded 56 percent in 2016. Over a three-year average, Maryland beekeepers have lost 54 percent of their total colonies. Maryland has approximately 14,000 (plus) registered honeybee …

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Soil… Is it Really That Important?

President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “[A] nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”  His assessment holds truth because healthy crop production depends on healthy soil. Why should we care about soil? Isn’t it just the dirt that plants grow in? Soil actually contains more forms of life than what is living on the surface. It may not be …

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Climate Change and Agriculture: A Problem Too Hot (and Cold, and Wet, and Dry) to Ignore

By Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Every day, farmers and ranchers across the country battle against the realities of climate change. Southern farmers contend with severe floods. Extreme heat and drought plagues farmers on both coasts. Farmers and ranchers from all regions have faced damage to their crops and animals due to …

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