Current News, Events, and Press Releases

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.
Pandemic Injects Volatility into Cattle and Beef Markets
A slowing economy is bad for all of the animal proteins, but beef - typically the highest priced of the proteins & considered a luxury product in economic terms – stands to suffer the most.
Crop and Livestock Prices Plunge Under Weight of COVID-19 Uncertainty
Shuttered schools, universities, restaurants, bars and cafeterias are no longer buying milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and other food, causing a downward spiral in crop and livestock prices.
Coronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm Country
In the past month, dairy prices have dropped 26-36%, corn futures have dropped by 14%, soybean futures are down 8% and cotton futures have plummeted 31%. Hog futures are down by 31%.
FireFly Farms, Among the Most-Awarded in the US, Proudly Celebrates Another 15 Awards for its Handmade Cheeses in 2019
“It has been a great year for FireFly Farms,” remarked National Sales Director, Cristi Menard. “These fifteen new awards bring FireFly Farms’s individual award count to a staggering 120!"
Backbone Food Farm Has Successful Hemp Trial Season
A small hemp crop was grown for the first time this year at Backbone Food Farm near Oakland. The trial was set up for 100 plants so the Dubanskys could study different varieties.
Everything About Hemp Workshop Scheduled
This workshop will focus on production and manufacturing hemp, the different varieties of hemp, and information for farmers that want to enter the hemp market.
Backbone Food Farm to Celebrate 20 Years With Farm Day
“Farm Day is a celebration of our 20 years here, doing what we do,” said Katharine Dubansky, who owns and operates the farm with her husband, Max.
FireFly Farms Announces Second Exclusive Cheese in Whole Foods Market Stores
FireFly Farms Inc. has announced the availability of its 12-month aged goat cheese, Bella Vita, exclusive to Whole Foods Market locations in the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast regions, beginning this month.
College to Assist County Farmers in Industrial Hemp Research Project
Garrett College is working with a local farmer in an industrial hemp research project authorized within the scope of MD House Bill 698, the MD Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
DHT Nursery Offers a Mix of Familiar Favorites and New Offerings
DHT Nursery is currently in its second season and offers annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetable plants, malabar, Mexican sour gherkins, Armenian cucumbers, luffa gourds, and more.
Steyer Brothers' Maple Syrup Production Continues for More Than a Century
Maple trees were tapped last month at Steyer Brothers Maple LLC along Gorman Road, just as they have been for over a century.