USDA Talks All Things Cattle to 200 Farmers at Local Convention


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture were in Hagerstown Friday and talked about all things cattle and beef, to more than 200 farmers.

A farmer meeting other farmer is important in the cattle industry. Especially with the many new trends and current issues that help produce better beef. 

"For all educational purposes, learn new practices, new ways and how to improve our operations," said David Lechlider, a farm producer.

More than 200 cattle producers turned out for what they saw as a golden opportunity to learn how to improve their beef cattle enterprise. 

"A lot of people don't understand where their food comes from anymore. I take pride in knowing I'm growing a quality product with beef," said Lechlider.

Many farmers were especially interested in learning about the new farming regulations from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, which went into effect January 1, 2014

"We need to meet new regulations of keeping animals from our streams of waterways and we have a lot of them. But people don't want to get rid of their cattle. They want to keep cattle on their small operations," said Dwight Dotterer of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

"With these new regulations there are new opportunities for funding to put practices in. It's good for them, for their operation and the environment," said Patricia Engler of the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Maryland Cattle Industry Convention along with the Maryland Hay and Pasture Conference began on Friday. It is being held at the Clarion Hotel, and Hager Hall Convention Center. 

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