Agriculture & Aquaculture

Campaign Shows Face of Rural MD

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


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


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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Dorchester Winery Exceeds Production Goals

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

In effort to diversify the family agronomic operation, Joe and Laura Layton, their son William – a third generation farmer – and his wife Jennifer chose to start a vineyard. Less than five years since uncorking that first bottle of Layton’s Chance wine, the business continues to thrive, exceeding production and distribution goals in 2013. …

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Business Continues to Thrive for Local Food Processor

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

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Originally located in Manhattan, B&G Foods began in 1889 as two immigrant families working together to sell products made from fresh vegetables and other natural ingredients. Eventually growing out of their New York facility, they relocated to Dorchester County in 1983 to a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant that provided room for growth. Carrying their own B&G …

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Local Seafood Business Uses Facebook to Reach Thousands

Posted on: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

Lindys Seafood

Lindy’s Seafood, a family owned and operated business located in Woolford, MD, offers crabs, shrimp, oysters and more. In business for 40 years, Lindy’s Seafood seasonally employs 50 people. Staying current with marketing and advertising trends, Lindy’s Seafood started a Facebook page promoting contests furthering their advertising reach within the county and state. Aubrey Vincent, …

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Dorchester County’s Alternative Agriculture Ranch

Posted on: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

SB Farms

Located in Hurlock, MD, SB Farms features Dorchester County’s only bison farm. Operated by the Edwards family, SB Farms includes a healthy heard of bison raised in a clean environment. The alternative agriculture ranch began in 1995 and continues to thrive. Selling directly to the community, as well as the farmer’s market and local restaurants, …

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Emily’s Produce Featured Nationally

Posted on: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

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During the off season, Emily’s Produce owners Paul and Kelly Jackson spend a week traveling to different agricultural sites attending seminars through the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA). The Jacksons were surprised to see their family farm featured at the convention in Kansas City, Mo, along with two other family farms from other …

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Recycling One Oyster Shell At A Time

Posted on: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

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The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a nonprofit dedicated to “Bringing back the Chesapeake Bay one oyster at a time.” The ORP implements several programs and projects around the bay to further its restoration efforts. The Shell Recycle Alliance (SRA), one of ORP’s programs, has hundreds of restaurants, caterers and seafood wholesalers helping restore the …

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