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Specialty Treats in Alabama

Research aids farmers seeking to diversify into niche crops

For the farmer, diversity is always a good thing, and specialty crops can be a profitable option. Grown on small plots of land, these high-value crops are attracting attention in Alabama. Cutting-edge research from Auburn University and an Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station is making specialty crops easier to grow than ever before.

Already on the market, satsumas, kiwifruit and shiitake mushrooms are proving to be viable specialty crops for state farmers, and highly desirable by health-conscious consumers. Meanwhile, research on Asian pears, jujube, pawpaws, pomegranates and bananas are demonstrating strong potential with the possibility to be commercially grown in the future…

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Best Ski Slopes for Kids Near Baltimore

Best Ski Slopes for Kids Near Baltimore

According to a recent New York Times article, 83 percent of first-time skiers and snowboarders don’t return for a second visit and give up. Help improve your child’s beginner experiences by choosing the right mountains in the area to get started and gain confidence. This list also includes mountains that offer more variety of beginner and intermediate trails as well as terrain parks that will continue to challenge and excite kids with every visit.

If skiing and snowboarding isn’t of interest, many of these resorts offer a host of family-fun activities ranging from snow tubing to snow shoeing and much more. Just remember, since all snow-related activities are dependent on the weather, be sure to check the website or call the resort hotline in advance to check on mountain conditions before leaving home. This will ensure there’s “snow much fun” for kids, and their families too.

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Baltimore’s March for the Animals Kick-Off Party 2015 to Shake Off Winter Blues

Baltimore’s March for the Animals Kick-Off Party 2015 to Shake Off Winter Blues

Are you an animal lover without plans this Friday? Or have the arctic temperatures been keeping you and your dog inside for too long now? It’s time to shake off those winter blues, make new friends, and enjoy pizza, beer, wine, snacks, and of course, ample play time too.

On Friday, February 13th the Maryland SPCA is hosting its March for the Animals Kick-Off Party 2015 at the Downtown Dog Resort & Spa from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and there is no shortage of fun doggie activities in store for four-legged guests and plenty of entertainment for pet owners too.

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Passionate about Poultry in Arkansas

Ranking as Arkansas’s eighth agricultural commodity and third in total U.S. production, turkeys are more than just a Thanksgiving Day affair. With the number of health-conscious consumers on the rise, Arkansas’s turkey industry is prepared to meet increasing demands, and here’s why.

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Taking the Initiative: AgriNovus Indiana

In a dynamic global marketplace driven by change, Indiana’s food and agricultural industry is no stranger to innovation. In fact, it is a hub for cutting-edge research and development. Recognizing the complex challenges facing the U.S. and abroad from food scarcity to security, Indiana’s businesses, industry associations, universities and government work tirelessly to improve efficiency, productivity and quality at every level.

Yet despite the state’s notable strengths in agricultural innovation over the years, there remained a lack of strategic collaboration among these entities – until now. In 2013, a new set of chapters unfolded, coupling the robust, future tech-oriented story with farming legacy.

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Global Diversity – A Focus on Indiana’s Agricultural Exports

From pork to the ports, Indiana is an export hub destined for growth

At first glance, locked in the heartland of the U.S., Indiana’s farmers appear to be at a disadvantage for exports. On the contrary, as the eighth-leading agricultural exporter in the nation, Indiana has capitalized on key strategic advantages in infrastructure, raw materials, transportation and government, which make it an ideal location for global trade.

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Best Fitness Classes in Baltimore

True fitness requires more than just exercising – otherwise you only do it once and a while. To find the motivation both mentally and physically to workout and then keep working out is often half the battle when it comes to staying “fit.” This is where gyms and fitness clubs become essential. Trained instructors are able to make a routine feel fun and comfortable while pushing you to accomplish more than you often think you’re capable of. For Baltimore residents, there are countless options for getting a workout routine started this new year, but here’s a list of some of the best to get you started on the right foot.

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How Baltimore’s Animal Kingdom Prepares for a Happy Holidays

How Baltimore’s Animal Kingdom Prepares for a Happy Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing and as the anticipation of weeks, sometimes months of preparation comes to a close, there is no better time than now to take a pause and reflect on what makes a truly “happy” holidays. Looking to the simple wisdom of our four-legged family members, here are five tips from Baltimore’s animal kingdom for finding some peace and bringing joy to the world in the final weeks of 2014.

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Best Places to Cut your Own Christmas Tree in the Baltimore Area

It’s more than just a tree; it’s a holiday experience that starts from the moment you step out of the car. Walking down aisles of fresh, sweet smelling firs and pines, checking each tree for the perfect height and girth, and then at last the challenge of cutting your own Christmas tree and preparing it for the ride home – it is these fond memories that keep many people coming back to the farms each year. Before heading out, be sure to review these top Christmas tree farms to see what supplies are needed as well as open hours, tree varieties and payment options. Also, it’s always a good idea to call in advance to make sure that trees are available before driving out to a farm. For more cut-your-own options in the area, check out these Best Christmas Tree Cutting Experiences Near Baltimore.

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Maryland SPCA Hits 500th Adoption Milestone for Project Adopt at White Marsh Mall

Maryland SPCA Hits 500th Adoption Milestone for Project Adopt at White Marsh Mall

In efforts to fill a void of pet adoptions in the White Marsh and Perry Hall communities, the Maryland SPCA opened Project Adopt, an off-site pet adoption program, in November 2013 at the White Marsh Mall. This weekend the satellite adoption center is not only celebrating a successful first year, but also 500 pet adoptions and counting.

“One year ago, we opened Project Adopt in White Marsh Mall to help even more homeless pets find homes,” explains Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “Thanks to amazing community support, more than 500 pets have found homes.”

In recognition of these milestones, the Maryland SPCA is hosting a reception on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at White Marsh Mall…

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