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Maryland 4-H Requirements and Tools for Exhibiting 4-H Meat Goat Projects

When preparing to show livestock in 4-H it can be overwhelming at times with the rules and guidelines that are found within the Maryland 4-H program and specifically in your individual county. If you take the time to read over the rules and guidelines and have open communication with your 4-H...

What do the numbers really mean? Interpreting variety trial results

Variety trials are conducted in Extension to provide local data to growers regarding the performance of corn, soybeans, small grain, etc. These variety trial reports contain statistical information that is critical for proper interpretation of the data. However; without basic understanding of...

Winter Weather and Small Flocks: What You Need to Know

As winter approaches, it is important to make sure that equipment and housing are ready well in advance. By starting winter preparations early, there will be plenty of time to fix any problems before the cold sets in.

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;...

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