2017 NCF Envirothon photos

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      The 2017 NCF Envirothon is now in the history books.  The event ran from July 24 through July 28 with 54 teams competing representing the United States, Canada, and 2 teams from the Republic of China.  Mt. St. Mary’s University served as the host for the event. After a week of intense […]

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NCF-Envirothon coming to Maryland

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The National Conservation Foundation Envirothon national competition is being hosted by Maryland beginning Sunday July 23 and running through July 28.  Headquarters will be Mt. St. Marys University.  Teams from throughout the US and Canada will be competing for scholarship money and to be crowned the Envirothon champion.  Activities are scheduled throughout the week for […]

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Cover Crop signup period begins

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The signup period for the FY18 Cover Crop program begins June 21 and runs through July 17.  There have been some revisions to the program this year and the application and claim process will be internet based statewide for the first time.   Last year Maryland farmers planted a record number of cover crop acres […]

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Partnership project

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The Frederick Soil Conservation District in partnership with Ecotone, Inc. recently completed two tree planting projects that will serve a riparian buffers to improve water quality in the streams they buffer.  The project was grant funded and is the first to be completed by the partnership.  The partnership also has a stream restoration project in […]

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Frederick County Envirothon

Congratulations to Catoctin High School who finished first out of the 14 teams participating in the county Envirothon.  The Envirothon is sponsored by the Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts aided by local sponsors New Market Lions, Burkittsville Ruritan, Wolfsville Ruritan, Jefferson Ruritan, Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Johnsville Ruritan, and South Mountain Creamery.  The winning team will […]

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Cover Crop Field Demo

University of MD Extension is holding a Cover Crop Field Day in cooperation with Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education is sponsoring a Field Demonstration at 3 locations throughout Maryland.  Delayed burn-down of cover crops and its effect on soil health is one of the topics to be covered.  The first field day is scheduled […]

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Scholarship application

The Frederick Soil Conservation District is accepting applications for the George Nicholson Memorial Scholarship.  One or more $500 scholarships will be awarded to students who are graduating high school or already attending a community college, four year college or university, vocational technical institute, or short course.  Course of study should be renewable natural resources, land […]

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Manure transport and injection apps

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Applications are now available for spring Manure Transport and Manure Injection cost share.  A 2017 Nutrient Management plan with manure recommendations is needed to apply for Manure Transport.  The spring Manure Incorporation program will only provide funding for Injection of liquid manure.  Incorporation by vertical tillage no longer qualifies for cost share.

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2016 Cooperator Banquet

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Cover crop extension

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MDA has announced an extension to the cover crop planting deadline and nutrient application. The extension is limited to wheat, rye, and triticale with limited planting methods.  The deadline for liquid manure application has also been extended.  Please read this link for complete details.

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