Weekly News Update for July 17, 2015

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

By Sarah Everhart

Wheat field in front of a farm (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).
Wheat field in front of a farm (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).

Students Change The Face of Farming-University of Maryland Eastern Shore are taking drones to the next level. The drones fly over the crops and take high-tech images of the plants. The students and faculty can review these images and view the condition of the plant. Chris Hartman is a lecturer and coordinator in the aviation science program. He said students from science and engineering backgrounds to agriculture backgrounds can come together and work on this project. “Agriculture is important in our area,” Hartman said. “It’s also important all over the world. Everyone has to eat.” To read the full story visit http://www.wrdetv.com/index.cfm?ref=60200&ref2=2089

Dairy MOOseum Honors Maryland Family Farm– With just six family dairy farms left in fast-developing Montgomery County, Md., the Weitzer family decided to share their story of success a earlier this month at the MOOseum. The King Barn Dairy MOOseum is a dairy heritage museum in Boyds, about 20 miles north of Washington. “The farm was started by my parents, who bought it in 1946,” David Weitzer said. “It will soon be in the family 70 years. We’re not a particularly large dairy as we have about 75 milking cows and 75 head of young stock. We also farm corn, soybeans and wheat silage for the milking herd.” To read the full story visit http://www.lancasterfarming.com/news/southeedition/Dairy-MOOseum-Honors-Local-Farm-Family#.VaZqCIuOv8E

EPA is Accepting Comments on Greenhouse Emissions Analysis– The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (“cottonseed oil”) feedstock for use in making biofuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel, and jet fuel. The document explains their analysis of the feedstock production and transport-related components of the lifecycle GHG emissions of biofuel made from cottonseed oil, including both direct and indirect agricultural and forestry sector emissions. To read more details and for further directions visit http://www.agandfoodlaw.com/2015/07/greenhouse-gas-analysis-epa-accepting.html

How President Obama and Congress Ignored Food Safety. On paper, the law that Congress passed in late 2010 — known as the Food Safety Modernization Act — was bigger than anything since Teddy Roosevelt cleaned up the meatpacking industry. The law mandated more inspections and much tougher anti-contamination standards for everything from peaches to imported pesto sauce, and it placed more emphasis on preventing outbreaks than on chasing them down after people become sick. But almost five years later, not one of the sweeping new rules has been implemented and funding is more than $276 million behind where it needs to be. A law that could h