September 19, 2023

Ministry of Agriculture launches new series of videos on conservation

Local farmers and conservation experts tell their stories

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has launched a new video series that highlights Maryland farmers who are making a difference to our state’s natural resources and the Chesapeake Bay.

“Maryland Farmers: Partners in Conservation” features local farmers and the conservation projects they have put in place to manage manure, protect local waterways, build healthy soils, and protect the natural resources we all depend on . You can watch the series on the MDA website or visit the department’s YouTube channel.

“Our new video series invites viewers on the farm to learn about the conservation projects big and small that Maryland farmers have set up to restore natural resources and make day-to-day farm tasks easier,” said Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Whether you are a farmer with a conservation project in mind or someone who is curious about how farmers grow our food, there is something for everyone in this series of short videos. “

There are currently three videos available for viewing with several new videos under construction. Here’s a preview of the videos now available for viewing:

  1. In the Manure Management video (3:35), you’ll meet two ranchers in Frederick County who have installed waste storage systems on their farms to protect local waterways, improve operations, and make day-to-day tasks easier.
  2. The Stream Restoration video (4:50), features a Baltimore County beef farmer improving water quality.
  3. The Engineering and Technology video (2:34), highlights the range of free conservation services that are available to Maryland farmers who wish to install best management practices to protect soil, water and living resources.

Additional videos will be posted in the coming weeks. Future topics will focus on pasture management techniques to save feed costs and improve animal health, nutrient management for greater efficiency, and the wonders of wetlands to improve water quality and wildlife.

For more information on MDA’s resource conservation programs, please visit the website.

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