DECEMBER 2009 • ISSUE 0008 A PUBLICATION FOR VOTING MEMBERS OF MARYLAND FARM BUREAU Ocean City gathering features hot topics and top speakers Maryland Farm Bureau members will gather for education, enter- French Visit th tainment and policy making during the 94 Annual Meeting and Conven- Bruno Le Maire, left, French Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, recently made a visit to Chuck Fry’s Rocky Point Farm in Tuscarora to discuss tion at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City. The event will be held farming issues in the U.S. Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance, December 6 to 9, 2009. center, was on hand for the event with Fry, at right. The French entourage viewed Changes in the traditional schedule include a move to hold the Young Fry’s dairy operation as well as his turkey raising facility. Farmers and Women’s Leadership Committee meetings concurrently on Sunday, December 6th. The two groups will share an opening luncheon and speaker at 12:30 p.m. Maryland Farm Bureau President Mike Phipps welcomes all mem- All Aboard for the New and bers to attend and participate in the many activities planned at the convention, including several interesting break-out sessions. Other Improved CREP highlights will include committee meetings, discussion on resolutions and the annual awards banquet. By Royden N. Powell, III (continued on page 4) Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture Exciting Lineup for AFBF Annual If you are a farmer or landowner looking to earn additional income from your land, don’t let this train leave the station without you. Recent changes to Meeting in Seattle Maryland’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) now provide even more financial incentives to farmers who remove environmentally-sensitive Climate change legislation, livestock care issues and social media tools will cropland from production for 10 to 15 years and plant streamside buffers, protect be at the forefront of topics discussed during conferences at the American Farm highly erodible land or establish wetlands to safeguard local streams. Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting, Jan. 10-13, in Seattle, Wash. AFBF CREP, a federal-state conservation program, was reauthorized and re- President Bob Stallman will deliver his annual address on Sunday, Jan. 10, during vamped earlier this year to help even more farmers stabilize and protect marginal the general session. crop and pastureland. By simplifying program requirements, increasing land The exciting conference lineup includes Christopher Horner’s “story behind rental rates and offering a one-time signing bonus of up to $200 an acre, CREP the story,” Global Warming: A Red Hot Lie?, on Sunday. Horner, a frequent helps landowners reduce soil erosion, protect water quality and create wildlife guest on national news shows, has testified before Congress, spoken to the habitat while earning dependable income from enrolled lands. It’s a good invest- European Parliament and is the best-selling author of two widely acclaimed ment choice for landowners looking to supplement farm earnings with steady income. (continued on page 6) (continued on page 3) Maryland Farm Bureau Officers Farm Certified Agents Show Commitment W. 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Staples reproduced with credit to this publication. Sykesville Chris Kindilien Buenger Ins. & Financial Waldorf Rochelle Creighton TompaCreighton Ins. & Invstmts. 2 www.mdfarmbureau.com All Aboard for the New and Making the Improved CREP trip to (continued frim page 1) Many farmers will find the new formula for determining the annual CREP Ocean City? land rental payment quite attractive. New this year, landowners receive the local Route 90 bridge closed soil rental rate (SRR) plus an additional incentive payment that ranges from 80 to 200 percent of the local SRR, depending on the environmental benefits of the Before you head for the 94th Maryland Farm Bureau practice installed. Convention, check your map for detour information. The Financial help to cover the costs of installing buffers and other best manage- Route 90 bridge into Ocean City is closed to replace an 85- ment practices (BMPs) is also available. The Maryland Agricultural Water foot section over the Assawoman Bay. Officials are re- Quality Cost-Share (MACS) program will provide landowners with up to 87.5 routing traffic into the resort town on the Route 50 bridge. percent of the cost to plant buffers, protect highly erodible land install other BMPs Route 50 will end at North Division Street when you on enrolled lands. New this year, cost-share to restore wetlands has increased enter Ocean City. Turn left onto North Division and follow from 50 to 87.5 percent. Cost-share is even available to help farmers install until it ends at Coastal Highway. Turn right onto Coastal livestock fencing, stream crossings and watering troughs to protect local streams Highway and continue 68 blocks to the Clarion Resort from animal traffic. Fontainebleau Hotel on 101st Street. In addition, USDA will provide a one-time practice incentive payment worth o a Cap t 40 percent of the total cost of establishing certain qualifying BMPs. This payment Bring tion is in addition to the 87.5 percent cost-share that is available from MACS for most Don D o n ’t ’ CAP t practices. Free technical assistance to install BMPs is provided by local soil CAP Our Conven Our Fut conservation districts. F u tu re ure At a time when every dollar counts, CREP is an excellent way for Maryland farmers to protect local waterways and earn extra income. If you have marginal cropland or pastureland that is next to a stream or highly erodible land that is within 1,000 feet of a stream you may be eligible to participate in CREP. Keep in Climate Change bills in both the Senate and House will mind that CREP also offers easy re-enrollment of expiring CREP or CRP con- impact farmers and ranchers, hit America’s consumers and tracts at attractive rates. impair the economy of our nation. For farmers and ranchers, Contact the local soil conservation district or Farm Service Agency to find out it will mean higher fuel and fertilizer costs, which puts us at a if you qualify for CREP. Sign-up is ongoing until acreage goals are met. To date, competitive disadvantage in international markets with other Maryland landowners have enrolled more than 70,000 acres toward a goal of countries that do not have similar carbon emission restric- 100,000 acres, so now is the time to get on board with CREP. tions. For the future prosperity of the U.S. economy and American agriculture, climate change legislation must be Dairy defeated by Congress. discussion And this is why the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the “Don’t CAP Our Future” campaign. Governor Martin The creative vehicle behind this campaign is the familiar O’Malley and “farmer cap.” The idea is simple – put a “Don’t CAP Our Maryland Secretary Future” message sticker on any “farmer cap,” sign the of Agriculture Buddy sticker or cap and hand-deliver it to a U.S. Senate field office Hance visited with in your state. dairy leaders to So bring your new cap to convention – anyone of them discuss the current crisis in an industry from your collection of seed companies, tractor brands, vital to the state’s cooperatives, etc. We will have stickers and markers for agricultural signing available. Members are encouraged to sign each economy. Maryland other’s caps and then organize a contingent to visit your local Farm Bureau Vice President Chuck Fry led the session which was also U.S. Senator’s field office on the week of December 14th attended by Delegates Paul Stull and Sue Hecht and two Congressional and present them. aides. The visit came during the Great Frederick Fair. Farm Bureau members are also encouraged to sign the petition at http://bit.ly/n3EZp that will be presented to the Senate. www.mdfarmbureau.com 3 THE ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION Young Farmer and Women’s Speaker Margaret Wolff markets and networking opportunities, works with new and beginning farmers, and assists 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 6th with business development and business planning. She also publishes the “Master Market- 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th ing” newsletter, maintains two websites and is a regular contributor to the agricultural press. She has received numerous grants and is currently completing a project funded by the Harry Margee Wolf is a training professional known for her enthusiastic, S. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology that is geared to help expand value-added and on-farm interactive presentation style. She has presented training programs to a processing opportunities in Maryland. She is a certified NxLevel Entrepreneurial Course variety of audiences, including farmers, managers, support staff and Instructor, a graduate of LEAD Maryland and a former member of the Administrative Council volunteers, in 48 states. She also serves as a consultant to state Farm for USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Bureaus that are working on long-term projects such as strategic planning. As Director of Leadership and Program Development for the American Farm Bureau Federa- Walter Bond tion, Margee also provides leadership to eight staff members who are responsible for a 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th variety of programs including training, Young Farmers & Ranchers, Women’s and promotion and education. Margee holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University and All of his life, former National Basketball Association (NBA) player a Master of Science degree in organization development from Loyola University Chicago. and business owner, Walter Bond’s 6’5" stature and charismatic She is a certified executive coach and holds the Certified Association Executive designation presence made people take notice. Now, as a professional speaker, he from the American Society for Association Executives. She was raised on a dairy farm in inspires audiences to take action in order to achieve greatness in their western Pennsylvania, and before joining AFBF in 1997, served as Director of Training for lives – both personally and professionally. Through pursuing his dream the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. She, her husband Marty, and their two daughters live in a to one day play in the NBA, Walter turned every obstacle he faced into suburb of Washington D.C. a learning opportunity. He now applies these personal experiences to his audience’s lives to help anyone who is ready to help themselves. The former Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons Nationwide Speaker Timothy J. Corcoran and Utah Jazz player has inspired audiences across the country and across a wide range of 9:15 a.m. Monday, December 7th industries. Timothy Corcoran is a board member of Nationwide, one of the Matt Scramlin largest diversified insurance and financial services companies in the 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th world. He was elected to the board in October 2001. He also serves on the boards of other Nationwide companies. Tim is owner/partner of Matt Scramlin is Director of Leadership Development for the Corcoran Farms, chief financial officer of 4C Ventures, LLC, and treasurer American Farm Bureau Federation. In this role, he delivers a variety of of Guardian Vault Services, Inc. He was a member of the Ohio Farm leadership development programs and coordinates several national Bureau Federation board of trustees from 1994 to 2001 and served as treasurer and first vice programs including the County Activities of Excellence. Before joining president. Tim is a member of the Ohio Soybean Association, Ross County, Ohio Cattlemen’s the AFBF, Matt served as the Southeast Regional Representative for Association, Ohio Corn Growers Association, The Ohio State University Alumni Association Michigan Farm Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and National Association of Corporate Directors. He received his bachelor’s of science in from Michigan State University and is a graduate of Reppert’s School of Auctioneering in agricultural economics in 1980 from The Ohio State University. Indiana. Matt was raised on a sheep farm in Holly, Michigan, and helped operate the family’s custom mix feed mill. He and his family continue to show and sell registered Southdown Dana D. York sheep across the country. As a 4-H supporter, Matt volunteers with the Oakland County Fair. 11 a.m. Monday, December 7th He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Dana D. York was selected as the Senior Advisor to the Chesapeake Allison Specht Bay Program in Annapolis in May of 2009. She is a representative to the 2:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th Environmental Protection Agency’s Bay Program office for the agency and the agricultural and forestry communities in the Bay Region. Prior Allison Specht serves as American Farm Bureau Federation’s to coming to Annapolis she served at the Associate Chief for the Regulatory and Dairy Economist. On the regulatory side, Allison’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) from 2004 to 2009. She joined the NRCS responsibilities consist of determining and communicating costs and National Headquarters staff in 1999. In 2001, she became the director of the NRCS Operations benefits on a variety of agricultural and natural resource issues. As the Management and Oversight Division. Dana began her 34-year career with the former Soil department’s dairy economist, Allison conducts market and policy Conservation Service (SCS) as a student trainee and held various positions with the agency analysis on dairy industry issues and interacts with industry and in Tennessee and Ohio, including soil conservationist, district conservationist, State government stakeholders. Prior to handling these issues, she covered Resource Conservationist and Deputy State Conservationist. She received a bachelor’s of economic implications of international trade. Allison previously served as a legislative science degree in agricultural science from Tennessee Technological University and a assistant to Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) covering agricultural, environmental and energy master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Middle Tennessee State issues and as a lobbyist for AFBF. Allison maintains an active presence on her family’s dairy University. She resides on the eastern shore of Maryland. farm, Trealayne Holsteins, in Dover, Ohio, where she has bred and exhibited several All-Ohio Holsteins and a Junior All-American nominee. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture Ginger Myers and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University. 11 a.m. Monday, December 7th Ginger S. Myers is the Director of the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center and the Regional Extension Marketing Specialist, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension. Ginger works with agricultural entrepreneurs, develops new 4 The Clarion Resort Hotel 101st Street Ocean City, Maryland 5 County Farm Bureau Exciting Lineup for AFBF Membership Report Annual Meeting in Seattle (As of November 9, 2009) (continued from page 1) books on global warming and environmental policy. AFBF remains strongly opposed to congressional climate change legislation. YTD Regular YTD All AFBF has launched the “Don’t Cap Our Future” grassroots campaign to mobilize County Members Paid Members Paid Farm Bureau members to contact members of Congress to speak out against the Allegany 21 81 legislation. A member-action booth will feature the campaign during the annual Anne Arundel 131 1213 tradeshow exhibit at the meeting. Baltimore 94 1681 The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will be leading a conference titled, A Pro- Calvert 52 257 active Approach to Livestock Care Challenges, on Sunday. In November, Caroline 57 238 Ohioans voted overwhelmingly in support of Issue 2, which will create a livestock Carroll 142 468 care standards board within that state. OFBF established the Center for Food and Cecil 50 250 Charles 22 342 Animal Issues as part of its pro-active strategy in response to efforts by out-of- Dorchester 37 196 state animal rights groups who desired a ban on certain livestock practices in Frederick 135 694 Ohio. Garrett 43 96 Gina Schreck will help shed some light on technology and social trends Harford 84 605 shaping our world, on Monday. This program is for those who (in the past) Howard 32 399 resisted the “mobile phone” and may still be boggled by social media such as Kent 32 78 Montgomery 71 1457 Facebook and Twitter. Schreck will answer questions and help those in atten- Prince George’s 39 889 dance discover how to use social media tools effectively to tell their stories. Queen Anne’s 45 150 Bringing a taste of Seattle to the lineup, on Monday Joseph Michelli, Ph.D. St. Mary’s 23 187 will be sharing his wisdom into the fundamental values and amazing transforma- Somerset 23 102 tion of the world famous Pike Place Fish Market. When Fish Fly: Lessons from Talbot 35 202 the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market will discuss the remarkable success Washington 37 267 Wicomico 64 237 it has achieved through its unique culture and marketing strategies. Located Worcester 30 140 downtown, Pike Place offers an abundance of fresh fish, flowers, produce, pastries and many other delectable treats. It is even the home of the very first Maryland Totals 1,299 10,229 Starbucks. The keynote speaker for this year’s annual meeting is Pittsburgh Steelers football legend and Texas rancher Terry Bradshaw. He will speak at the Monday afternoon general session. Bradshaw is a four-time Super Bowl champion quar- terback, two-time Super Bowl “Most Valuable Player” and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. He owns an 800-acre ranch in Texas, where he raises cattle and YOUNG FARMER’S ANNUAL breeds horses. On Tuesday the delegate session will begin to decide what policies will lead LEADERSHIP RETREAT AFBF through 2010. As this is an election year, state delegates will also have the opportunity to vote for AFBF president before the convention officially ends on January 22 – 24, 2010 Wednesday, Jan. 13. November 24th is the deadline to make your reservations for the American Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Farm Bureau Convention and Annual Meeting. Reservations after the deadline are subject to availability and a late booking fee. 100 Heron Blvd. A brochure with details of the group package arranged for the Maryland Cambridge, Maryland 21613 Farm Bureau delegation can be obtained by calling 1-800-248-9012 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and welcome at 7 p.m. 6 www.mdfarmbureau.com Miss Maryland Agriculture Experience Farm Management Classes for By Lisa Daffin Miss Maryland Agriculture 2008 Women at Nine Sites in “The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use Maryland and Delaware of land.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson I want you to think about that. The first man was the first farmer, he had to be to The University of Maryland Extension and Delaware Cooperative survive. Most people forget the importance of agriculture in today’s society. They take it for Extension will conduct Annie’s Project during the winter of 2010 at nine granted. Without agriculture, we would be naked and hungry. What could be more impor- sites. Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management tant? Agriculture is our source of life, and to our Maryland farm community, it is our way of and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and life! to build local networks. My year as Miss Maryland Agriculture has truly been an amazing experience. I started The target audience is farm women with a passion for business, out my year at the Maryland State Fair. I presented ribbons at the horse show, attended the agriculture and involvement in the farm operation. Sessions cover the livestock auction and got to eat plenty of dairy bar ice cream. I was given a VIP behind the five areas of risk management – production, marketing, financial, legal scenes look at the Timonium Racetrack and horse races and had dinner with the Governor. I risk and human resources. This course is open to anyone interested in met a lot of wonderful people at the state fair, and they all treated me like a queen during my farm management practices. stay at the fair! The course includes eight sessions starting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, I had the privilege of throwing out the first pitch at an Orioles game, which was so much 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. (Washington County dates differ) with classroom fun. The 2008 Miss Maryland Agriculture Court and I got to go out on the field and be and computer lab work. Sites range from Western Maryland, Central introduced, and then all eyes were on me to throw out the first pitch! I was so nervous! Maryland, Southern Maryland and Delmarva. The cost of $50 includes Don’t worry though, Maryland agriculture should be proud, I threw it over the plate right to meals and materials. Register by January 8th - space is limited. the catcher! For more information, visit www.anniesproject.umd.edu or call 410- I attended the Maryland Million Horse Race at Laurel Park in October. The day was 758-0166. If you require special assistance to attend the classes, contact beautiful; I watched the races from the VIP tent and got to meet Andy Griggs, who per- the site at least two weeks prior. formed for the halftime entertainment. I helped present the trophy to the winner of the Maryland Million race along with then-Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Roger Richardson and had so much fun talking with everyone there. I had the honor of presenting the toast at the Maryland Agricultural Education Founda- tion 20th Anniversary Banquet. I met and spoke with so many people who were very gracious to me. I knew of the MAEF organization, but I had no idea just how much they do for agriculture, until I attended the banquet. MAEF is a wonderful organization that truly supports agriculture education throughout the state. In February, I attended the Young Farmers Retreat in Garrett County and had a blast. I listened in on the discussions and learned a lot. I also attended county banquets around the state and various events in my home Talbot County. These experiences were some of the highlights of my year, but that is not what it was Lessons learned about. This past year was about agriculture, Maryland’s agriculture! I traveled the state, There was a large turn-out for from the coast to the mountains, and learned so much about Maryland’s diverse agricultural the recent Maryland Farm industry. Agriculture is present in many different ways, from dairy to cattle, poultry to swine, Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee seminar on grains to greenhouse, nursery to forestry, equine to aquaculture, and vegetables to horticul- agriculture education. Lead by ture. Jeanne Mueller of the Maryland All across the state, agriculture is represented in many ways. It might be 4-H’ers Agricultural Education entering exhibits and animals in their county fairs, or FFA members representing their Foundation and Pat Robeson of chapter at a career development event or competing at national convention, or Maryland the Maryland Geographic Farm Bureau members testifying in Annapolis on important legislation. One of our best Alliance, the workshop offered information and resources for agricultural showcases is our Maryland State Fair, where thousands can come from across volunteers to use in their the state to experience and learn about our great Maryland agricultural industry. community classrooms. (continued on page 8) Nationwide® Agribusiness Insurance & Maryland Farm Bureau Working Together to Protect What Matters www.mdfarmbureau.com 7 Maryland Farm Bureau SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 8930 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133-4295 Presorted First-Class Mail US Postage December PAID 6-9 – Maryland Farm Bureau Convention, Ocean City Permit No. 892 January 2010 2 – Wicomico County Young Farmer Consignment Auction, Wright’s Market, Mardela 10-13 – American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting and Convention, Seattle, Washington 22-24 – Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmer Retreat, Hyatt Chesapeake, Cambridge February 2010 9 – Maryland Farm Bureau Day in Annapolis 20-22 – American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma March 2010 5 – Dorchester County Farm Bureau Banquet, Suicide Bridge Restaurant 20 – Prince George’s County Farm Bureau Banquet, Baden Volunteer Fire Department (To get your county’s activities listed on the calendar, please send the date, event, place and time to Susan Summers at email@example.com.) Miss Maryland Agriculture Experience (continued from page 7) Holding the position of Miss Maryland Agriculture taught me a lot more about When you dress for a cold day or sit down for your next meal, take a moment Maryland and Maryland agriculture than I could ever imagine. Maryland agricul- to think about how important agriculture is to your life. We are blessed to still ture has some of the most innovative farmers and agriculturalists in the nation have a strong agricultural industry in our state. It has truly been an honor to working to support our industry and protect our environment, and that is some- represent Maryland agriculture - the nobility that possesses and uses the land in thing to be proud of. Most of the farms in Maryland are operated by individuals our great state. or families, not big corporations. This is the main reason that agriculture in Maryland has so much support from organizations such as the Maryland State Fair, MAEF, the Maryland Farm Bureau, Maryland Young Farmers, Maryland State FFA, 4-H and Cooperative Extension. It is the people and families involved in agriculture that support it the most, because they have so much passion for it. That is why Maryland agriculture stands out. The events and banquets I was able to attend are only part of the experi- ence. It is the people you meet, the stories you hear and the things you learn at those events that are the most valuable part of this whole experience! What I have experienced and learned during this past year is priceless. I would not trade this experience for anything! Both the Maryland State Fair and the Maryland Farm Bureau are tremen- dous assets to Maryland agriculture, and have provided this opportunity for me. This has been a great experience and there are a lot of people behind the scenes that I would like to thank for making this all possible. I would like to thank the State Fair President Max Mosner, Assistant General Manager Andy Cashman and the Chairman of the Fair Board Grove Miller. I want to thank the Maryland Farm Bureau, the Talbot County Farm Bureau, Maryland Young Farmers and everyone on the Miss Maryland Agriculture Committee. I thank the Berkibile family for allowing me stay at their house on the way to and from events. I would Future Candidates? also like to thank my parents, John and Kay Daffin, for supporting me my entire Attendance was at capacity during the Campaign life, especially this past year, and for raising me to appreciate agriculture. I can’t Management Seminar sponsored by Maryland Farm thank you all enough! Bureau in October. Among the trainees from left, are, Ron My experience would not have been the same without all of your support. I James of Dorchester County, Kathleen Tabor of Howard wish the next Miss Maryland Agriculture Rachel Miller the best of luck through- County, Pam Saul of Montgomery County and Tim out the upcoming year, and even though my year is up, I will continue to support Schlauch of Carroll County. Maryland agriculture because it has given so much to me.
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