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Updated: January 18, 2022

Developing Proactive Legal Strategies for Handling Protesters and Hiring Employees to Limit Legal Issues on Your Farm

Agricultural operations work in a different environment than they did even ten years ago. Operators face ongoing challenges from changes in consumer preferences to increased needs to meet environmental goals.
Updated: January 18, 2022

Clostridium botulinum: A Food Safety Risk to Home Food Preservation

Clostridium botulinum (referred to as C. botulinum in this publication) is a spore-forming anaerobic bacterium that produces a potent neurotoxin. An anaerobic bacterium survives in low-oxygen environments, such as home-canned foods.
Updated: January 19, 2022

A Brief Guide to On-Farm Solar

While, the agricultural sector was an early adopter of offgrid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as a remote energy source, declining installation costs and various energy policies are now making net-metered systems more enticing for agricultural producers.
Updated: January 6, 2022

Solar Panels are an Increasingly Common Sight on Urban and Rural Properties Across Maryland

We explore the historical trends, current status, and potential growth of Maryland’s solar photovoltaic (PV) market in terms of market share, use sectors, and current investments. We also address the deployment capacity and market potential for residential, commercial and utility-scale sectors within Maryland. Various solar initiatives, legislation, and other enabling policies currently impacting the solar market are also discussed.
Updated: December 15, 2021

Fruit Texture and the Science Behind It

Attaining the optimal fruit texture is a challenge all growers must face in order to maximize consumer acceptability. Fruit texture, and particularly flesh firmness, is an important maturity index, in combination with other quality parameters. Learning how to measure fruit texture and what factors that affect it is an integral part of orchard management. Authors: Macarena Farcuh, Cameron McPherson. Title: Fruit Texture and the Science Behind It.
Updated: January 12, 2022

Babysitting 101

Babysitting/Entrepreneurship 101 is a six-hour course that provides participants all the tools needed to establish a trustworthy professional babysitting business with leadership skills to promote in diverse communities. Educators of all levels of experience will find the materials easy to adapt and utilize.
Updated: December 15, 2021

Are Your Peaches Ready to Harvest?

Harvesting peaches at the right maturity stage is crucial to improving fresh market quality and potentially increasing marketability. Peach maturity indices based on target markets can help growers identify the right conditions for optimum fruit quality harvest. Macarena Farcuh and Yixin Cai, authors. "Are Your Peaches Ready to Harvest"
Updated: December 9, 2021

What is Urban Agriculture?

This factsheet will explore the definition of urban agriculture and urban farming, with a focus on the state of Maryland. We will introduce readers to the wide variety of production practices and business models that urban growers use, with photographs and examples. Neith Little, author. "What is Urban Agriculture?
Updated: January 6, 2022

Maryland’s Energy Market: The State Consumes More Energy than it Produces

This report explores the historical trends, current status, and potential growth of Maryland’s solar photovoltaic (PV) market in terms of market share, use sectors, and current investments. The report also addresses the deployment capacity and market potential for residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors within Maryland. Various solar initiatives, legislation, and other enabling policies currently impacting the solar market are also discussed. Drew Schiavone, author. Title: Maryland’s Energy Market: The State Consumes More Energy than it Produces
Updated: November 11, 2021

Leg Health in Chickens

Raising healthy poultry is the focus of industry and backyard farmers. Leg health is paramount to the holistic health of the bird. In serious cases of leg illness, the health of the entire bird is compromised. Pain and discomfort from leg-related illness may compromise the overall health of the bird, which in turn, can lead to dehydration, starvation, and in severe cases, death. In this fact sheet and in the associated series of infographics, we will examine a variety of illnesses which impact the leg health of poultry, including: Bacterial Chondronecrosis with Osteomyelitis (BCO), Bumblefoot Osteoporosis, Tibial Dyschondroplasia (TD), and Twisted Legs.