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Snow Damage to Barns Widespread

Snow Damage to Barns Widespread
Repairs, clean-up and construction hampered in Maryland.

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced plans to help livestock and poultry farms clean up and recover from winter snow storm damage. That was in response to the collapse of many poultry houses, livestock shelters and manure storage structures particularly on Eastern Shore.

Two weeks ago, ag building construction companies reported to American Agriculturist that their crews were already on many sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Delmarva making repairs, reinforcements and reconstruction. But the work has been complicated in Maryland by new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compliance requirements for new construction. Maryland is the first state to have final, EPA-approved New Source Review construction requirements for new poultry houses.

The governor announced that Maryland Department of the Environment is extending the deadline for burning of collapsed farm structures to April 18. To help producers recover, Maryland Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of available resources for producers. That list includes information on:

  • Indemnity programs, emergency grants and loans
  • Emergency burning permit instructions
  • Disposal of poultry and livestock mortality
  • Energy-efficient rebuilding
  • Cash incentives for energy projects

For the details, click on www.mda.state.us . Then click on the March 9 "Hot Topic" in the right-hand column.

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