Grain News & Updates
Bowling Family Inducted into Governor’s Ag Hall of Fame
Maryland Grain Producers congratulates Chip Bowling and his family who were inducted into the Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame last week. Gov. Larry Hogan and Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder presented the award at the “Taste of Maryland” dinner hosted by the Maryland Agriculture Council. Bowling and his wife, Lynn, accepted the honor on behalf of the family, which is the 49th recipient of the prestigious honor.

The Bowling family has lived and farmed for three generations at their Bunker Hill location, and for many generations before that at neighboring farms. The company has expanded from 200 acres of grain crops in the 90s to nearly 1,000 acres today, leasing land on 16 tracts comprising 102 separate fields. Chip’s father Charles Sr. and his older brother Eddie remain involved in the operation.

“The Bowling family truly is an inspiration to us all and is making Maryland a better place with their outstanding stewardship of the land, protection of the Bay, production of food, and their vital contributions to our economy,” Hogan said during his remarks to more than 800 farmers, legislators and agriculture industry representatives.

MGPA Vice President Participates in Leadership at Its Best Training
Corn farmers from across the country, including MGPA Vice President Evan Miles of Chestertown, traveled to Washington last week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group visited numerous Congressional leaders and got an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.

The Leadership at Its Best class received briefings from NCGA staffers on the issues facing America’s farmers in the coming year followed by presentations from lobbyist and Hill staffer panels explaining how the lobbying process functions in Washington, D.C. to get the best result from interaction with members of Congress and their staff. They then had the opportunity to see the process in action during a series of visits with Congressional leaders.  

Maryland Farm Bureau Upcoming Trucking Forums
The Maryland Farm Bureau will have upcoming Farm Trucking Forums in Harford, Howard, and Somerset counties. Representatives from the State Highway Adminstration, Maryland State Police, and Maryland Vehicle Administration will be on hand to answer questions.

For More Information, contact Emily Snyder at Maryland Farm Bureau by calling 410-922-3426 or emailing
National Wheat Yield Contest Open for Entries
The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) annual National Wheat Yield Contest officially kicked off Jan. 17, 2018. In its third year, the contest continues to drive innovation in the industry by spotlighting the best practices among American wheat growers. This year, the contest is adding a quality requirement, raising the bar for what constitutes the greater grain among U.S. wheat growers.

The top five winners from each category & subcategory, along
with the overall high yield winner, will be recognized nationally, including at the winner’s reception during the 2019 Commodity Classic
to be held Feb. 28 - March 2, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Eddie Mercer Agri-Services, Inc and Sygenta AgriPro will be offering an extra incentive to their customers who participate in the contest. The two will pay the state winner $1000 if the entry is Mercer Brand or Syngenta seed. In addition, Eddie Mercer will pay all county winners $200.00 if they win with a Mercer Brand MBX Wheat.

LEAD Maryland Accepting New Applications
The LEAD Maryland Foundation has announced that it will be accepting applicants for its next class of Fellows between June 1 and October 1, 2018. Organizations and/or individuals will need to start planning now to identify potential participants and to budget funds to assist with paying for the fellowship tuition. Participants complete a series of multi-day seminars held throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. in 2019 and 2020 along with a travel study tour and class project. LEAD works to increase the number and capacity of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.