The Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission named the father/son team of F. Tyler and Webb Johnson 2012 Farmer of the Year December 9 at the Maryland Farm Bureau Convention in Ocean City. The Johnsons, who reside near Chestertown, sustainably manage farms totaling more than 2,300 acres in Kent County. Read more
Innovative partnership with EcoMedia helps Maryland agricultural business connect with stewardship program
Today, Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue presented $50,000 to the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance accepted the contribution which will help fund citizen stewardship oyster projects throughout the State. Perdue was able to make this donation through an innovative partnership with CBS EcoMedia. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) worked with 10 landowners last year to protect 1,288 acres of scenic open space, forests and farmland in seven counties across the State. Most of these easements were donated and are held by MET together with a local or regional land trust and will protect the natural, historic and scenic resources on these lands for generations to come.
The total acreage preserved through perpetual conservation easements by county in 2012 was ─ 347 acres in Anne Arundel, 97 acres in Baltimore, 9.6 acres is Dorchester, 143 acres in Frederick, 225 acres in Wicomico, 270 acres in Queen Anne’s, and 196 acres in Talbot. Read more
Interested Landowners Should Contact MET Before September 19
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) encourages private landowners and working farmers looking to protect their land through conservation easements to act now to take advantage of significant tax deductions. Congress recently renewed the conservation tax incentive which will expire at the end of the year.
The Rural Legacy Program will receive approximately $5.6 million in Fiscal Year 2013 grants to permanently protect agricultural and ecologically significant working landscapes throughout Maryland. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at today’s meeting in Annapolis.
“Through these conservation easements, we are able to protect our landscapes that are part of the rich history we share as Marylanders,” said Governor O’Malley.