Business, Health, Sci-Tech

MDA adds Baltimore County to spotted lanternfly quarantine zone

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Maryland Department of Agriculture on Friday expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine to include the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, and Washington, as well as Baltimore City. This quarantine is effective immediately, and restricts the movement of regulated articles that might contain the spotted lanternfly in any of its life stages, including …


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Baltimore County to test midge control treatment process on Back River

ESSEX, MD—The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is preparing to treat a small, targeted area of Back River next week as proof of concept that helicopter application is a feasible option for controlling nuisance midge populations. The department expects to spray a naturally-occurring bacterial larvacide from a low-flying helicopter during daylight hours on or about Tuesday, November …


Maryland permanently preserves 12 working farms, nearly 1,500 acres of additional farmland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Maryland Board of Public Works this week approved 12 new Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation (MALPF) easements. These easements will permanently preserve an additional 1,483 acres of prime farmland in Allegany, Baltimore, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Queen Anne’s, and Worcester counties for an investment of more than $5.3 million in state and local funding. “Keeping farming viable in Maryland …

Governor Hogan declares August 1–7 as Maryland Farmers’ Market Week

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has declared August 1-7 as Maryland Farmers’ Market Week. The event recognizes the 105 farmers markets across the state that have continued to provide citizens with access to fresh, local produce and other Maryland-made items. Residents are encouraged to celebrate Maryland Farmers’ Market Week by visiting a nearby market and buying local products. A nearby market …

Governor Hogan declares July 17-25 Maryland Buy Local Week

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday proclaimed July 17-25 “Maryland Buy Local Week” to support Maryland farms and seafood operations that continue to provide Marylanders with fresh, local products. Throughout the week, Marylanders are encouraged to participate in the Buy Local Challenge by incorporating at least one locally grown, produced, or harvested product into their meals each day. “We are …

Brood X periodical cicadas hit peak 2021 emergence in Maryland

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Growing tired of all the noise?  Good news…the Brood X periodical cicadas are hitting peak emergence in many parts of the state, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. This means millions of fully-grown winged adults are flying and blundering into things (and us), “singing” as loud as they can, and starting to mate. The male cicadas are now …

Governor Hogan authorizes emergency measures to address Colonial Pipeline incident, gas shortages

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline has initiated a restart of pipeline operations. Original story below… ——— BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday authorized Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Greg Slater to take emergency measures to respond to the Colonial Pipeline incident and ensure continuity of fuel supply throughout the state. “The emergency actions that we are taking will provide the state the …

Governor Hogan proclaims May, June 2021 Maryland Magicicada Months

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday issued a proclamation declaring May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months to recognize the return of the 17-year periodical cicada and to generate public awareness about these fascinating insects. Brood X periodical cicadas are only found in the eastern United States and emerge once every 17 years. In Maryland, they will begin to …