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What You Need to Know to Improve Your Grain Marketing Practices

Grain farmers face a number of marketing alternatives which vary in complexity and in the knowledge needed to make the most effective marketing choices. Individual grain producers have different marketing objectives, financial constraints, production situations and attitudes towards risk. This fact...

Understanding Grain Marketing Strategies is Critical for Success

The greater number of grain marketing tools available allow producers to increase their returns and reduce risks. Successful grain marketing involves a series of choices. It calls for tradeoffs among the farmer’s willingness and ability to accept price risk; amount of production risk associated...

Producers’ Guide to Grain Marketing Terminology

This publication provides a glossary of marketing and business terms as a reference for grain producers, or anyone involved in marketing or selling grain.

Understanding the Grain Basis

Learning about the local cash market and the futures market is crucial to understanding and using the grain basis. Grain basis affects farm profitability and it is important to have a solid grasp of tools, markets and historical numbers when making grain marketing decisions. Maryland farmers sell...

Starting a Farm Enterprise in Maryland: Checklist

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2007 Census, direct to consumer marketing amounted to $1.2 billion in current dollar sales, compared with $551 million in 1997. Starting a farm or adding a new farm enterprise can be an enjoyable and attractive business decision. When...

Watering Seeds of Change with Rainwater

This fact sheet details a collaboration between University of Maryland researchers, Hood College, and the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs in Frederick, MD. This collaboration produced a raised vegetable garden irrigated with harvested rooftop runoff and explored the quality of this...

AGsploration The Science of Maryland Agriculture

AGsploration: The Science of Maryland Agriculture is a statewide curriculum designed to increase middle school student agriculture literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. The curriculum consists of 24 peer-reviewed lessons with experiential, hands-on activities;...

Hatching Eggs at Home

Hatching eggs at home can be a rewarding way to increase the size of your flock, while teaching family and friends about embryology. While chicken eggs are the most common eggs to hatch, eggs from other species can be incubated as well. As always, before starting a hatching project, make sure you...

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...

Seven Steps to Writing Journal Articles

Writing for professional journals is a learned skill that takes practice to excel. This fact sheet will share seven general steps to help emerging authors to begin grooming their academic writing skills.

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