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Basic Principles of Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Management in the Chesapeake Bay Region,

The objective of this document is to provide an overview of the most relevant urban stormwater management and watershed restoration issues, common mitigating practices, and regulations relevant to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Land use and landscaping practices can drastically change how water...

Understanding Credit And Credit Reports

If you ever plan to take out a loan or you currently owe money to another party, you need to understand credit and credit reports. Credit is the ability of a borrower to receive something (often money) in exchange to return the money to the lender at a later point in time. For example, when you buy...

Water Quality and Food Safety Understanding Factors Impacting Surface Water Quality

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) requires farmers to test water used for agricultural production for generic E. coli. This document helps farmers understand how to interpret their water testing results, environmental factors that can impact those results, and...

Will They Buy It? Consumer Willingness to Pay for Agricultural Products Irrigated with Recycled Water

Due to increasing stress on existing water resources, many farmers are considering alternative water sources to maintain the long-term sustainability of production. One option is recycled water, highly treated municipal wastewater that is then used for agricultural and other beneficial purposes...

Sodium in Your Well Water: A Health Concern

Knowing the amount of sodium in your drinking water is important for your health, especially if you have high blood pressure. Sodium is an essential mineral for maintaining a healthy fluid balance and is important for brain function and muscle contractions, but consuming too much sodium can elevate...

Selling Shell Eggs to Retailers, Wholesalers, and Food Service Facilities in Maryland

There is a strong consumer demand for locally produced foods including a call for more locally produced eggs. Real profit potential exists for Maryland egg producers to expand their markets in to retail, wholesale and Food Service Facilities in Maryland. This publication provides introductory...

How to Report a Foodbourne Illness in Maryland

The purpose of this fact sheet is to 1) give consumers addtional information on whom to contact when sick, 2) how a sick person would be diagnosed, and 3) the questions your health care provider may ask. The fact sheet also provides a list of Maryland Health Departments, how reporting is important...

Developing a Forest Stewardship Plan: The Key to Forest Management (FS-625)

Forest stewardship is the management of forest resources in a way that meets the needs of the current owners, but does not adversely affect use by future generations. A forest stewardship plan is a working guide that allows the landowner to maximize the wildlife, timber, recreation, aesthetic value...

Tax and Estate Planning for Maryland Forest Landowners (FS-630)

Forest landowners in Maryland can increase the financial returns ofn their forest stewardship efforts by minimizing property, income, and estate taxes. This fact sheet describes several laws and programs that enable forest landowners to decrease their tax liabilities.

Buying & Storing Firewood & Pellets (FS-937)

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are sold substandard cord wood. This sheet will help you avoid getting a raw deal next time you buy firewood. And if you heat with pellets, there are a number of tips you should follow that will impact your fuel choices.

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