Current News, Events, and Press Releases

Friendsville Named a Tree City USA Community
Friendsville was recently named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its “commitment to effective urban forest management."
Spring Farmers Markets to Begin April 3rd in Oakland
The spring markets will be outdoors at the Mountain Fresh pavilion in downtown Oakland, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dates are April 3, April 17, May 8, May 15 and May 22.
Food Conference Addresses 'Pandemic World'
The Western MD Food Council's 3-day conference kicks off on March 25th. The conference is open to anyone interested in issues related to the Western Maryland food system,
$10 Million in Conservation Assistance Now Available for Maryland Farmers
The funding is available to help livestock farmers install best management practices on their farms to improve manure management and protect water quality in streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Accessing South Atlantic Markets for US Maple Syrup
Future Generations University, in partnership with Garrett County Economic Development and others, was awarded a grant for the Accessing South Atlantic Markets for US Maple Syrup project.
Garrett County Extension Office to Host Free Agricultural Webinar Series
Join a team of University of Maryland specialists for this lively online series highlighting common practices in livestock management and forage and grain production in Maryland.
Cove Run Farms Corn Maze to Open for 20th Season
The Cove Run Farms Corn Maze will open for its 20th season on Saturday, September 19th. This year’s design is “Divine Hope Cares” in honor of Divine Hope Church in Oakland.
University of Maryland Extension to Launch Morning, Farmer! - A Gathering Place for Farmers
So that the specific needs of Maryland's farming community can be addressed, the University of Maryland Extension is asking farmers to please answer this five (5) minute survey by September 18, 2020.
Farm Bureau Recognizes 75 Years for Sines' Dairy
Sines Dairy began operations in 1945. Today, they still milk 100 cows in the same barn and farm approximately 600 acres. The 3rd and 4th generation of the Sines family are also active with the dairy.
MARBIDCO'S MD Value-Added Producer Grant-Capital Assets Option
MVAPG funds and matching funds must be used for capital assets that have a useful life of seven years or more. Application Deadline: September 24, 2020.
USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
The program offsets price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Application deadline: September 11, 2020.
Farmers Markets Provide Needed Goods to Communities During COVID-19
Community markets boost local economies while offering essential, high-quality goods.
Deep Creek Lavender Farm Nears Blooming Season
The farm has nearly 1,500 lavender plants with 15 different varieties of English lavender, and lavender products are available for purchase in the farm's store.
2020 Garrett County Agriculture Fair Canceled
A Livestock Expo & Sale, hosted by the Garrett Co.Farm Bureau & the Garrett Co.Livestock Assn. is planned for August 4-8 to allow Garrett County 4-H & FFA members to show 7 market their animals.
Paycheck Protection Loans Available to Farmers, Regardless of Revenue
The SBA's interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program confirms the SBA will remove industry-specific revenue thresholds, making U.S. agriculture enterprises eligible for the program.