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  Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Convention  
 



You're invited to the 2019 Maryland Farm Bureau Convention! Join us as we celebrate Farm Bureau achievements, elect our leadership, set policy for the next year, and socialize with friends.
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  American Farm Bureau Annual Convention  
 

Join us in Austin, Texas January 17-22, 2020 for the 101st American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. This celebration is an opportunity to meet Farm Bureau members and supporters from around the country, participate in educational and informative workshops, get inspired by great speakers, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and good eats of Texas. More information here.
 

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  AFBF Releases Milk Program Recommendations  
 

AFBF released a proposal for the future of U.S. milk-pricing provisions and marketing-order reform today. The recommendations aim to bring more democracy and a more equitable program for all dairy farmers. A working group consisting of Farm Bureau grassroots leaders and other contributors from the Farm Bureau family prepared the report after broad consultation with industry and academia. Read the report here.
 

 

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  Options and Considerations for A Business Owner when Planning Their Retirement  
 

Planning for retirement isn't easy and it's especially difficult for self-employed individuals. They spend years and years building their business. Some may expect to sell it and live off the proceeds into their golden years, while others may have a different transition plan in mind. Sometimes those plans actually work!  But, often, a little more is involved. Read more here.

 

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  Call for 2020 Young Farmers Competitive Events  
 

Interested in winning an expenses-paid trip to AFBF's annual convention or Young Farmers conference? Register today for one of our Young Farmers competitive events - Discussion Meet, Excellence in Agriculture, and Achievement Award! Applications are due to Parker Welch by Friday, November 29th. 
More information here.

 

 

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  Nominations Open for 2020 U.S Dairy Sustainability Awards  
 

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is accepting applications for their 2020 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, honoring exceptional dairy farms, businesses and other partnerships for their socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. To learn more about eligibility, application requirements and to nominate someone, visit USDairy.com/Awards. Nominations are due Friday, November 15th. 

 

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  Nominations Open for 2019 Rural Impact Awards  
 

Do you know someone who is doing outstanding work in rural Maryland?  Nominate them for a Rural Impact Award! The awards ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations that have performed extraordinary acts of service to communities throughout rural Maryland. Learn more here. 

 

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  Animal Waste Technology Grants Available  
 

The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Animal Waste Technology Fund provides incentives to companies that demonstrate new technologies on farms and provide alternative strategies for managing animal manure. These technologies generate energy from animal manure, reduce on-farm waste streams, and repurpose manure by creating marketable fertilizer and other products and by-products. Read​ the 2020 Request for Proposals here.

 

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  Upcoming Events  
  UMES Industrial Hemp Conference  
 

Join the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for their Industrial Hemp Conference on Thursday, October 31st. This will be a one day conference covering all you need to know about the emerging hemp industry. Click here for the agenda.

 

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  Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference  
 

The annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference is a unique gathering of agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland. Registration for the conference includes access to all program sessions, downloadable conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Register now! 

 

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  Crop Insurance Workshop  
 

The 2019 Crop Insurance Workshop provides an opportunity to hear from experts on current issues related to the federal crop insurance program and federal farm policy. The agenda is now available with sessions featuring speakers from AFBF discussing the impacts of trade disputes on crop insurance, 2018 Farm Bill implementation from USDA-Farm Service Agency, and an update from the Raleigh regional RMA office. Register today!

 

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  MAEF Annual Banquet  
 

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation cordially invites you to attend the 31st annual banquet and auction, celebrating 30 years of outreach. This event takes place on November 7th from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Please RSVP by October 15th to amcdaniels@maefonline.com. Click here for additional information. 

 

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  Member Benefits  
  AFBF Launches Market Prices Snapshot  
 


















The American Farm Bureau Federation has launched a new section on their website to feature commodity market futures prices for grains, oilseeds, livestock, dairy and soft products. The page was designed to help members better understand market trends and make well-informed business decisions.
Check it out here. 

 

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  Member Savings Advantage  
 

Maryland Farm Bureau members have access to discounts at thousands of popular restaurants and retailers. Simply register for our Member Savings Advantage program using your member ID, and use your location to find deals nearby! The program is also available as an app.To learn more about member benefits, click here. 

               
 

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