Holding a handful of oyster spat: It takes about
two years in Maryland to grow an oyster. Standing
next to Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien (foreground)
is Terrance Taylor, representative for Congressman Steny
Hoyer; Letitia Nichols, Business & Cooperative Program
Director and Michael Dee, President, The Patapsco Bank.
USDA has guaranteed a bank loan that will help the oyster
operation grow and also protect the Chesapeake Bay.