Farmers are now Planting Cover Crops
to Protect the Chesapeake Bay

Learn more about the Maryland Cover Crop Program

 
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SUMMER MASCD MEETING

August 2019

Congratulations to John Swaine III for 30 years of service on the Talbot Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors! John currently serves at the Talbot SCD Chairman. He farms in the Royal Oak/St. Michael’s area of Talbot County. John also serves as Vice-President of the local Talbot County Farm Bureau.


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Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference 2019

November 14th, 2019 | 8 AM - 3 PM

The Crown Plaza Hotel, Annapolis, Maryland

For more information, visit http://go.umd.edu/aleiconf2019registration


IN THE NEWS

  • May, 2019 - Land Stewardship Poster Contest Winners have been announced

  • May 1, 2019 - MDA Biomass and traditional Cover Crop program need to be reported. Please contact the District within 7 days of kill-down.

  • February 27, 2019 - Welcome to our newest employee, Kayla Meredith. Kayla will be working with farmers and landowners on designing and installing Best Management Practices in Talbot County as a Soil Conservation Associate.

MDA LONG SERVICE AWARDS

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Congratulations to two Talbot SCD staff who received service awards from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Dale Willson, our secretary, has worked for the department for 35 years, while Levin Schwaninger has been with MDA for 20 years as a Soil Conservation Planner. The Talbot SCD Board and staff appreciates all that you both do for conservation in Talbot County!


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2018 FINAL COVER CROP NUMBERS

Making the best of a rough season-

Talbot County farmers planted over 32,500 acres into the traditional cover crop program in 2018. A few farmers also planted over 1,500 acres into the new bio-mass pilot program. Regular cover crop participants will be able to kill down your crops on March 1st. If you have enrolled any acres into our Bio-Mass Pilot Program, you will not be able to kill down your crops until May 1st.

Once you have suppressed your cover crops through herbicide or mechanical means, please contact the District as soon as possible for us to process your Spring Claim for Payment.

For more information, visit https://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/pages/cover_crop.aspx

Contact Levin Schwaninger for more information


PROMOTING SOIL HEALTH