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Your Land, Your Legacy, Planning for Every Maryland Landowner

Making decisions about the future of your land may seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to initiate conversations with your family, to sort out the different professionals involved in estate planning, and to know how to take the first step. Try not to get overwhelmed—the hardest step is often the...

Strategies for 4-H Youth Development Educators on Outreach Programming

There are a number of key strategies to successfully expand and sustain 4-H outreach programs. These strategies include (1) assessment and planning, (2) quality youth development training for facilitators, (3) participant recruitment, (4) quality program delivery, (5) sustainable partnerships, and...

Methods for the Detection of Vibrio Species

Vibrio bacteria naturally inhabit coastal waters and are frequently isolated from a variety of raw seafood, particularly oysters. Detection of Vibrio species in seafood and growing water has traditionally been problematic because of the limitations of conventional techniques based on plate culture...

Financial Nuggets

Financial Nuggets is a six lesson, financial educational program designed for middle school students (grades 5-8) that provides an opportunity for youth to simulate real world, financial experiences through hands on learning activities . Lessons and activities are designed for 45-60 minutes and are...

Turning Out Your Product: From Food Safety to Marketing, There's a Lot You'll Need to Know

This report breaks down the necessary steps to develop your product and bring it to market in accordance with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's regulations and recommendations. The author discusses the legal aspects of operating a specialty food processing business in Maryland,...

Launching a Cottage Food Business In Maryland

The Cottage Food Industry Law of 2012 in Maryland opened the door for small-scale food entrepreneurs to launch a food business without investing in a commercial kitchen. The change in Maryland’s regulations allows individuals to prepare certain types of food items in their home kitchen. This report...

Turning on Your Idea: Starting a Specialty Food business Requires Careful Planning

Successful specialty food processing requires careful planning, dedication, and skilled management. Food businesses must comply with a number of complex and often confusing federal, state and local regulations. This report includes questions that individuals should consider before starting a small...

Using a Business Organization Structure to Limit Your Farm's Liability

In Maryland, 82.7 percent of agricultural operations conduct business as sole proprietorships (Census of Agriculture, 2012). As agriculture continues to evolve, however, producers should consider investigating all types of business organization structures for their operations to limit liability and...

Understanding a Community Supported Agriculture Agreement: What Should Be Included in a Good CSA Membership Agreement?

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a growing business model for farms in Maryland and nationally. In a typical CSA, members pledge to help cover the anticipated costs of the farm’s production for part of or the entire season. And in return the members receive a portion of the farm’s crops...

Increasing Social Capital through Culturally Relevant Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Social capital is a resource that includes several elements of social well-being including trusting networks among people, engagement with institutions, and connections to resources. Positive youth development program can foster youth's social capital to be better postured to combat social...

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