Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

MIDDLETOWN, Maryland — A gaggle of excitable white turkeys gobbled and clucked in their pen at Open Book Farm on a chilly afternoon in late October. Most days, the birds roamed free in one of the farm’s pastures, scratching and…

Sponsor of bill to legalize hemp in Maryland thinks this is the year

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Proponents of industrial hemp say legalization of the cannabis relative offers many potential benefits, and, if a bill in the state Legislature is approved, Maryland might be part of a growing acceptance of the plant. A key…

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay defenders hold breath, wait on Senate

WASHINGTON — If the Senate does not restore a deep, House-passed cut in federal funding to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, the ripple effect on Maryland conservation efforts could be far larger than what the state would lose…

Threats mount against Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts

After years of steady progress for Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts, the conservation outlook is increasingly bleak for the country’s largest estuary—and the state that depends on it most, Maryland—says bay advocates.

Scientists Probe Food, Energy, Water Solutions at World Bank Workshop

Researchers from across the globe brainstormed ways to meet future resource needs at a meeting earlier this week.

Baltimore Teams with Farmers to Help City Employees, Poor

BALTIMORE – It’s a rainy Thursday afternoon in the Abel Wolman Municipal Building downtown and boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables are being carted up to the conference room by a local farmer. Baltimore City employees line up, plastic and…

Inmates Help Feed the Less Fortunate

Bernie Fowler Jr., a Southern Maryland builder and farmer, is giving some pre-release inmates a second chance by helping them help needy people.

Healthy Eats-From the Farm to the Cafeteria

Maryland ranks fifth in the country when it comes to serving local produce in schools.

New Regs Could Mean Chicken Litter Business Flies The Coop

As Maryland prepares to implement new regulations on phosphorus, those in the chicken litter business are worried their industry could fall apart.

Poultry Association Looking for Connections Between Attorney General, Environmental Groups

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., a non-profit trade association, filed a public information request with Attorney General Doug Gansler’s office this week to learn more about Gansler’s Environmental Advisory Council and its relationship with the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic.