| Jun 20, 2014
| 5:57 PM
With a gentle breeze blowing and temperatures in the low 80s, it was mild for a June afternoon on the Eastern Shore, but adjacent to the main attraction at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, it was hot as blazes.
John Draper stood next to a 650-pound...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:58 AM
While Butterball, the nation's largest turkey producer, said it was facing a shortage of fresh, large birds weeks before Thanksgiving, Maryland's poultry giant Perdue said it would have no trouble meeting demand.
"Perdue is not experiencing any...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:08 AM
Alas, the regulation of farming is one of those activities that invites the kind of polarized views that one associates with Washington politics and playground fights. The recent decision by the O'Malley administration to delay new rules limiting the...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday to begin a critical week of budget negotiations with wide-ranging economic implications for Maryland — on issues that include Baltimore harbor dredging, preschool classrooms and the Eastern Shore's...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Before The Sun and its readers start hyperventilating about the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to delay (not abandon) the proposed Phosphorous Management Tool regulation, it is important to share some insights into this common-sense...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 10:59 AM
Make no mistake about it, the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Wednesday to encourage reductions in the use of antibiotics in livestock production is a very big deal.
Granted, it doesn’t go as far as many advocates would prefer --...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 9:00 AM
I was disgusted to read Bill Satterfield's wrongly titled commentary on the poultry industry's role in Chesapeake Bay pollution ("Md. farmers are wrongly blamed for bay troubles," March 13).
The handful of large chicken companies like Perdue on the...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 6:01 PM
Key senators have put language in the state budget bill that would stall Maryland's efforts to limit one of the Chesapeake Bay's main pollutants, phosphorus.
The amendment by the Budget & Taxation Committee would prohibit the state from issuing new...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 9:45 AM
I was appalled to read Tim Wheeler's report on efforts to reduce farm pollution ("Senators seek to stall pollution regulations," March 10).
University of Maryland scientists say we already have far too much manure on many fields. So why are we putting...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 3:00 AM
On average, about 2,600 bills are introduced during a 90-day General Assembly session, so governors rarely have much to say about 99 percent of them, at least not until they've at least had a public hearing or perhaps even a committee vote. But that wasn'...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Even though the "Poultry Fair Share Act" stands no chance of becoming law, the sponsor of the controversial bill to tax Maryland's chickens refuses to give up, saying he wants to have a public discussion on who should pay to control polluted farm runoff...