Agriculture & Aquaculture

Double Trouble Farms

Posted on: Thursday, February 16th, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

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Governor Larry Hogan visited Double Trouble Farms in Rhodesdale, MD to take part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating innovative technology that converts poultry waste to energy. Biomass Heating Solutions Limited (BHSL), an Irish company, utilizes Fluidized Bed Combustion Technology to reliably convert poultry manure into heat and electricity for use on the poultry …

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Black Gold Farms Company Profile

Posted on: Monday, December 12th, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

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Black Gold Farms located Rhodesdale, Maryland has been a part of the community since 2009. Black Gold has about 12 employees year round with approximately 50 more employees during the peak season that runs from June to September. Black Gold leases 1700 acres of farm land in Dorchester County and sell their potatoes to Frito …

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2017 Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program

Posted on: Friday, October 14th, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

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MEA is pleased to announce the launch of the FY2017 Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the agriculture sector. MEA will provide grants up to $150,000 on a competitive basis to farms/businesses in the agricultural sector. Eligible projects include energy efficiency measures and renewable …

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USDA Accepting Trade Mission Applications

Posted on: Thursday, July 14th, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

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A trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai, China will take place September 7-15, 2016 led by Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor. The mission is designed for women who are leaders in agriculture to create relationships with potential customers and trading partners.  The mission will also assist in gathering market intelligence and the development of …

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Fundraiser to Support Seafood Industry

Posted on: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

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The Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association (CBSIA) is holding their annual Crab Feast Fundraiser at J.M. Claytons Crab Co on September 20, 2015 from 2-5 P.M. The tickets cost $35 per person. Tickets include all you can eat crabs, hot dogs, hamburgers, steamed corn, water melon as well as tea and soda. The event will feature …

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Creation of Local Scenic Railroad

Posted on: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

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By SUSAN BAUTZ, Special to the Dorchester County Department of Economic Development “People love trains,” according to David Owens, vice president of the Eastern Shore Scenic Railroad (ESSR) volunteer group. If the numbers riding the train at the Hurlock Fall Festival are any indication, he is right. Once a year an engine and two restored …

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Value-Added Agriculture is Regional Effort

Posted on: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

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Agriculture is the leading industry on the Eastern Shore encompassing the majority of Maryland’s farms. The Upper Shore’s Harvest Directory aims to preserve our land and the rural character of our region by encouraging resi­dents to sustain this valuable industry. The directo­ry is ex­panding to include Dorchester County and become a more regional resource. Upper …

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Building Sustainable Working Waterfronts

Posted on: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS) will host a Working Waterfronts Exchange on Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Although attendance is free and open to the public, space is lim­ited and registration is required. Nicole Carlozo, natural resource planner with DNR, said, “The Working …

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Campaign Shows Face of Rural MD

Posted on: Monday, April 13th, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

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The Rural Maryland Foundation’s purpose is to support efforts of citizens and governments to meet the economic and social needs of rural Maryland.  They recently traveled the state promoting their ASPIRE campaign and spent four days asking rural residents their aspirations for their communities.  The foundation made a short video from their unscripted responses and …

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Local Poultry Industry in National Rankings

Posted on: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

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According to Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), Maryland produced 305,200,000 meat chickens in 2013. Maryland is ranked 8th among the states for the number of meat chickens produced. The economic impact of animal agriculture on the Eastern Shore is very high. Bill Satterfield, executive director of DPI said, “A 2012 economic impact study for the …

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Innovation Bolsters Aquaculture Industry

Posted on: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

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Built on ingenuity and entrepreneurism, Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company was branded Chesapeake Gold Oysters in 2010. Co-owners Johnny Shockley and Ricky Fitzhugh pioneered the innovative aquaculture movement in Dorchester County using the latest technologies. Supported by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rural Development Loan, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurial Center, Dorchester County Economic Development, and …

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Cambridge Farmers’ Market Attracts Over 20 Vendors

Posted on: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

Looking to buy locally grown food, visit the Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market! Serving the local economy by facilitating start-ups and furthering existing business expansions, the farmers’ market is a great place for the community to reconnect with local farmers and small businesses. Market Manager Allison Penn said, “This year we have over 20 vendors …

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