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Join us at beautiful Waredaca Farm

Maryland Horse Council Farm Stewardship Meeting

Update on Maryland State Support for Horse Farm Land Stewardship


Maryland Secretary of Agriculture

Joseph Bartenfelder (Invited)

Executive Director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board

Ross Peddicord

Pasture walk with Waredaca’s

Robert Butts


Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

4015 Damascus Road • Laytonville, MD 20882


Special added attractions!! 3:00 pm optional trail ride! 6:00 pm Waredaca beer tasting!

RSVP to Jane Thery, Chair, MHC Farm Stewardship Committee

Waredaca is in the Farm Stewardship Assessment and Certification Program (FSCAP)

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The Maryland Horse Council (MHC) formed the Horse Council PAC in 2011 to further the priorities of the MHC, and to promote the Maryland equine industry to Maryland government and the general public. In practice, the Horse Council PAC has only supported candidates and legislators at the state level, because of the limited amount of PAC funds and the large the number of state-level officials. The PAC, and MHC, encourages all MHC members to interact with their local legislators, particularly at the county level, and to support those who serve their interests.

This election year, MHC is in the unique position of having its current Vice President, past-President, and ardent equine supporter, Steuart Pittman, in the race for Anne Arundel County Executive. Although, as explained above, the PAC was not in a position to contribute to Steuart's campaign financially, the PAC members agreed to support Steuart as a candidate for County Executive to bring his experience and knowledge of the equine industry and MHC issues to local government.

Good luck, Steuart!

We invite you to:

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Pittman Event Ad

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Vote Logo jpegAs mid-term elections approach, we would like to bring your attention to the American Horse Council's work on behalf of the equine industry nationwide. The AHC has created useful, one-page summaries describing the key issues they are working on with Congress and regulatory agencies. These issues affect some in Maryland’s equine industry as well. 

Highlights include: 

  • Equine health provisions in the Farm Bill
  • Ongoing advocacy for ELD flexibility
  • Federal funds for Equine Assisted Therapy, and
  • Equine Industry Specific flexibility for guest workers visas

The summaries are available at the AHC website - - or can be downloaded as one-page files below.  Stay involved and take action at the local, state, and national levels!

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Equine Assisted Therapy

Farm Bill - Equine Health Provisions

Guest Worker Visas


Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act

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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 2019 Request for Proposals here.

The Animal Waste Technology Fund helps farmers address challenges in managing manure under Maryland's new nutrient management requirements.  Alternative strategies for complying with these requirements may include altering the nutrient content of organic nutrient sources, using manure for energy generation, or developing new products that add value to improve farm viability.  

The department also seeks funding to provide grants from other sources for technologies that improve manure management and address excess phosphorus. 

Updated September 13, 2018


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September 23, 2018

Prepared by: Jane Thery, Founder and Chair, MHC Farm Stewardship Committee and Maryland Horse Council Representative, State of Maryland House Bill 171: “Yard Waste, Food Residuals and Other Organic Materials Diversion and Infrastructure Study Group”

Comments for the September 25, 2018 Meeting on the “Limited Food Waste Composting Act.” Frederick County

Composting is an effective way to generate quality soil enhancements from horse manure and bedding.  Promotion of composting and the sale of composted products is good for the environment and provides the option of a value-added agricultural product for our Maryland horse farms.  The following points are from the perspective of managing horse manure in the state to the advantage of horse farms and the environment.   The recycling of composted horse manure and bedding to provide locally-sourced nutrients for Maryland soils is of interest to the Maryland Horse Council.  

The management of food waste is related as regulations for Maryland Department of the Environment Composting Type 2 materials which include both food scraps and animal manures.   As the science of composting practices supports, different composting materials and methods require different approaches and therefore different regulations.  For example, composting horse manure requires different treatment than composting cow manure.  Effective rules and regulations need to have overarching principles and site and materials specific rules for set-up, operation, inspection and reporting.  The challenge is to make these clear, user-friendly, consistently applied and validated within the local community.

There are more horses per square mile in Maryland than any other state in the USA.  Frederick County has many beautiful horse farms and horses for sport, recreation, therapy and companionship.   On average, each horse produces 55 pounds of manure every day.   All farms with eight horses or more are required to have a nutrient management plan by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.  Manure management is reported including haul-off, on-farm use, storage, etc.   Promoting quality composting increases the use of this locally-supplied nutrient for our Maryland soils, including those in Frederick County.

The Maryland Horse Council Farm Stewardship Committee supports:

  • Clear and consistent laws, rules, regulations, exceptions and promotional programs for the composting, use and sale of soil amendments containing horse manure
  • Technical and financial assistance for on-farm composting for on-farm use
  • Promotion of the use of horse manure in commercial composting facilities
  • User-friendly rules for on-farm composting and sale of compost
  • User-friendly rules for using horse farm properties for commercial composting
  • Recognition of horse manure as a local compost input and natural nutrient
  • Financing and promotion assistance for products using Maryland horse manure as an input
  • Facilitation of compost sales to successfully compete with similar products from other states

For more information contact:

Jane Thery

Maryland Horse Council

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