Grain News & Updates
Local Middle School Students Learn About Opportunities in Ag
The Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau hosted their second annual Agriculture Awareness Day field trip last week, reaching over 500 seventh grade students. Held at the Queen Anne’s 4-H Park, students rotated among five stations throughout the day, learning about the technology used in farming, animal agriculture, plant science and production methods, aquaculture and the possible career paths in agriculture.

As a proud supporter of the event, the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board was included in the Agricultural Technology station. While at the station, students had the opportunity to learn about the variety of uses of grains, best management practices, and genetic engineering; and even got to take home their own grain jar. The students were surveyed on their agriculture knowledge before and after their visit to see what information was retained. “I was very encouraged about what they learned,” said Jenny Rhodes, Queen Anne’s County Extension agriculture and natural resources agent.

MDA Reminds Farmers to Report Crop Damage
Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder reminds farmers that they should report any losses from recent storms and cool weather to their crop insurance agents as soon as possible. Crop insurance agents are receiving notice from many farmers that they will have to replant crops damaged by too much rain.

For losses on crops covered by the Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and crop insurance, producers must file a Notice of Loss within 15 days of the occurrence of the disaster or when losses become apparent. Producers must file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops.

Trump Delays Planned Biofuel Policy Revamp
The White House indefinitely delayed the release of a long-awaited memo outlining planned biofuel policy changes on Tuesday amid intensifying criticism from farm-state lawmakers, said three people familiar with the move. Postponement may mark the end of the latest effort to overhaul the U.S. renewable fuel mandate with an eye on lowering costs for refiners forced to blend biofuels into gasoline, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing internal deliberations. Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa who threatened to call for EPA chief Scott Pruitt's resignation over the issue, cheered the move with a post on Twitter, “Pres Trump helped farmers by rejecting bad ethanol deal," Grassley tweeted. "I appreciate. GREAT NEWS". 
Sign up for Mobile Action Alerts from NCGA
Members are able to sign up to receive text alerts on the National Corn Grower Association’s grassroots campaigns by texting NCGA to 50457. Action alerts are issued for a variety of topics affecting the livelihood of corn farmers including the 2018 Farm Bill, ethanol policy, foreign market development, pesticide regulation, and more. This feature was unveiled at this year’s Commodity Classic.

Another way that growers can sign up for text alerts is by going to  and sign up as an advocate, share what legislative issues they care about, choose how they would like to be communicated to, and provide a cell number to receive text alerts. There is also an option to provide Twitter handles so you can be part of their grassroots movement via social media.
Apply Now for LEAD Maryland Class XI
Applications for LEAD Maryland Class XI (2019-2020) are being accepted now. LEAD seeks a diversity of applicants with careers, service, or interests in production agriculture, natural resources, forestry, aquaculture, environment and conservation, food, rural communities, and business. There will be between 20 to 25 people selected to be Class XI Fellows. Program participants, Fellows, will: participate in a series of multi-day seminars throughout Maryland and Washington DC; complete a travel study tour; and complete a group project. Applications are due October 1, 2018.

Share Your Corn Pics for Chance to Win! 
As the rain clears and growing season gets underway, The National Corn Growers Association invites photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the fifth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest just opened last month, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2018.

Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes. Prizes include cash awards for the top three entries in eight categories including: Corn, Growing Field Corn, Farm Family Lifestyle, Scenery/Landscape, Farming Challenges, SHP Conservation, one for the most popular as determined by Facebook “likes” and, new this year, True Grit.