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February 2021

In this issue:

  • Conservation Leader Steps Down After 30 Years

  • 2021 Ushers in More Changes to the Montgomery District

  • Cover Crops: A Cost Effective Nutrient Managing Conservation Tool

  • Award Winning “Close Encounters with Agriculture” Program Endures Despite COVID-19

  • Legislator Webinar, Offers an Alternative to Local Legislative Luncheon

  • Winter Pastures: Green is Good, Sometimes

  • Soil Testing and the Importance of PH



October 2020

In this issue:

  • District Milestones: A Mixture of Grateful Goodbyes and Happy Hellos

  • The Montgomery District Goes Virtual with STEM Teachers Program

  • District Receives State Association's Top Honors

  • Laytonsville Landscaping Honored as District Cooperator of the Year

  • Pollinator Habitat: Giving Mother Nature a Helping Hand

  • County Ag Director Recognized for Lifetime Contribution to Agriculture

  • Cover Crops - Important to the Bay's Health and Farmland

  • Blue Moon Farm Honored as Equine Cooperator of the Year

  • Fencing and Remote Watering Facilities

  • And more!


June 2020

In this issue:

  • District Celebrates 75 Years of Service to Montgomery County

  • Local Farms Provide Fresh Food Options

  • Grassed Waterways: A Solution to Erosion and Overland Flow

  • 2019 Annual Report

  • Montgomery County Loses Staunch Agricultural Advocate

  • Can You Afford to Divide Your Pastures?

  • Cover Crop Update - Spring 2019

  • The Conservation Stewardship Program


February 2020

In this issue:

  • A New Year Brings Changes to Staff at the Ag History Farm Park

  • Dr. Charles Mess, Soil Health Champion

  • Leap Into Conservation! 2020 Equine Winter Session

  • 2nd Annual Montgomery County Legislative Luncheon a Success!

  • Cover Crop Update: Spring 2020

  • University of Maryland to Hold Winter Agronomy Meeting

  • BMP Verification


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October 2019

In this issue:

  • County STEM Teachers Tour Montgomery County Farms

  • Conservation Planning and its Importance in Meeting the Watershed Implementation Goals

  • 2019 Cooperator's Dinner, an Evening of Conservation Excellence

  • Cover Crop Update

  • Spotted Lanternfly Spotted in Cecil County

  • The Browning Pasture

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June 2019

In this issue:

  • Montgomery County Welcomes New Technical Staff to Assist Farmers

  • 2018 MSCD Annual Report

  • Robert "Bob" Raver "Father of No-Till Agriculture in Montgomery County" Passes Away

  • MSCD Provides Comments on Maryland's Draft Phase III WIP

  • Cover Crop Update

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March 2019

In this issue:

  • Linthicum Family Inducted into Governor's Agricultural Hall of Fame

  • District Conservationist Spotlight

  • MSCD Supervisors Meet with State Legislators in Annapolis

  • Cover Crop Update

  • Maryland Completes Draft of the Phase III Implementation Plan

  • Montgomery County Farmers Meet with Local and State Legislators


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October 2018

In this issue:

  • Montgomery County Celebrates 50 Years of Conservation Tillage

  • District Honored With Multiple Awards at MASCD Annual Summer Meeting

  • Soil Health: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

  • 2018 Annual Cooperators Dinner

  • MD Secretary Tours Local Farms, Recognizes Multigeneration Family Farm

  • Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Enters its Third Phase

May 2018

In this issue:

  • "Noxious Weeds" top Envirothon 2018

  • Cover Crop News and Notes

  • 2017 Annual Report

  • Cost-Share Funding for Landowners

  • 50th Anniversary of Conservation Tillage Event Scheduled for July 20

  • Article: Thinking of Removing Trees or Vegetation?

  • Article: Invasive Species Alert: Spotted Lanternfly


October 2017

In this issue:

  • Community Cover Crops

  • John Zawitoski named new district manager

  • 2017 Annual Cooperators Dinner

  • Cooperator of the Year

  • Ag Census

  • Nutrient Management updates

  • MSCD Milestones

  • Article: Local 4-Her to Compete in National Horse Bowl Contests

  • Article: Pilot Project to Help Test New Pasture Design

July 2017

In this issue:

  • Teams in Envirothon Competition

  • FSA 2017 Acreage Reporting Dates

  • Article: Remembering George Lechlider

  • Article: MSCD 2016 Annual Report

January 2017

In this issue:

  • Conservation tour highlights

  • 2017 Envirothon training

  • Cover Crop Program information

  • Farewell to outgoing district manager David Plummer

  • Article: "4Rs" Important Aspects of Nutrient Stewardship

  • Article: Offers Answers to Grazing Questions

  • Article: NRCS Offers a Wide Variety  of Programs


October 2016

In this issue:

  • Montgomery Winners at Home and Statewide

  • Cover Crop Program Fall Reporting

  • Lower Seed Germination Rates Allowed

  • BMP Verification

  • Agricultural Services Booth Wins at Fair

  • 2016 Annual Cooperators Dinner

  • Cooperator of the Year

  • Federal Programs

  • Article: Blue Crab Population Numbers Rising

  • Article: Invasive Weed of Special Concern (Amaranthus palmeri)

June 2016

In this issue:

  • On the Trail with Secretary Bartenfelder

  • 2016 Montgomery Eenvirothon

  • Cover Crop Incentive Program continues

  • Article: MSCD 2015 Annual Report

  • Article: Local Farmer Nationally Recognized for Land Stewardship

March 2016

In this issue:

  • Maryland Farmers Top Cover Crop Record

  • 2016 Envirothon Training

  • "Duck Fizzers" Third in 2015 State Competition

  • Montgomery County Couple Named Statewide Winners

  • Funding Available for Alternative Stream Fencing Program

  • 2015 Annual Cooperators Dinner

  • Cooperator of the Year

  • Article: Office of Agriculture; New Name - Consistent Service

  • Article: PSI to PMT - Phosphorous Management Tool Takes First Step


January 2014

In this issue:

  • Cover crop 2013-2014

  • Welcome aboard Jim Myers

  • Weed Watch

  • 2013 Cooperators Dinner

  • New Nutrient Management Regulations

  • Manure Injection Grants

  • Article: Cost Share Caps Raised for Dairy Manure Transport

  • Article: Conservation Planning:  Who, What, When, and Why?


June 2013

In this issue:

  • Cover Crop program

  • Weed Watch

  • 2013 Montgomery County Envirothon Competition

  • 2012 Annual Report

  • Article: Agricultural Conservation Programs

  • Article: Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for the Agricultural Sector

  • Article:  Revised Nutrient Management Regulations - What You Need to Know

  • Article: Creating Pollinator Habitat


June 2012

In this issue:

  • Sunny Ridge Farm Cooperator of the Year

  • Cover Crops

  • Outstanding District Award

  • Weed of the Month

  • Pasture Tour

  • 2011 Annual Report

  • Article: Liming and Soil Testing

  • Article: Tree Planting for Earth Day


June 2010

In this issue:

  • 2010-2011 Winter Cover Crops

  • 2010 Cooperators Dinner

  • Equine Pasture Walk

  • Plant Invader of the Month

  • 2010 Envirothon

  • 2009 Annual Report

  • MSCD Staff Updates


June 2009

In this issue:

  • School Reforestation at Sandy Spring Friends School

  • Plant Invader of the Month

  • 2008 Annual Report

  • Tree Planting Opportunity for Montgomery Residents

  • 2009/2010 Cover Crop

  • CREP Information


June 2008

In this issue:

  • Equine Fall Pasture Renovation Incentive Program

  • Bermuda Grass

  • Cover Crop Program

  • Montgomery Forestry Board School Reforestration

  • Seeding and Stabilization

  • EQIP Information

  • Article: Fill On Agricultural Land, Don't Let This Happen to You

  • Article: Agricultural Emergency Assistance Program

  • Article: Invasive Species Spotlight

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