Farmers Pleased with Withdrawal of PMT Regulations
Maryland farmers believe their voices were heard. Just before the close of business on Friday, November 15th, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced it will withdraw its proposed regulations to implement the new Maryland Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) from consideration by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR).
The controversial PMT is designed to be more sensitive to the potential for phosphorus to move from farmland. However, there were many unanswered questions and concerns about the… READ MORE>>
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Ferguson named Government Relations Director
Colby Ferguson will lead the lobbying efforts for the state’s largest general agriculture organization. The Frederick County resident has been named the Government Relations Director for Maryland Farm Bureau, replacing Valerie Connelly who is now the organization’s Executive Director. Ferguson will begin his role on December 3, 2013.
Ferguson has been the Agriculture Business Development Specialist for Frederick County for the last nine years. In that capacity, he… READ MORE>>
Connelly Named Next Administrator
Valerie Connelly, an 18-year employee of the Maryland Farm Bureau, has been named as the organization’s next Administrator. Connelly will assume her new role effective Nov. 14, upon the retirement of Mel Hollingsworth, the organization’s current Administrator. Maryland Farm Bureau’s Administrator serves as the chief executive officer, manages the staff functions and reports to the Board of Directors. Connelly, 47, currently serves as Maryland Farm Bureau’s director of Government Relations, where she has led the lobbying efforts of the organization since 1998. READ MORE>>
Citizens Scrap Drop-Off Days
The Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) would like to inform farmers throughout the state of upcoming farm tire drop-off events. These events provide farmers with an opportunity to drop-off unwanted tires at local landfills and other locations without having to access a special permit or pay a fee. Each county has set different criteria on the amount and type of tires that may be delivered. Event dates and county contact information are available in the chart below. Citizen Scrap Tire Drop-off Days are sponsored by local governments, the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Environmental Service. READ MORE>>
Join Farm Bureau and take advantage of GM discounts
There are many advantages to being a Farm Bureau member. While you can be assured that you are helping promote and protect farms and rural life, you can also enjoy group benefits like discounts on GM vehicles.
Effective immediately the standard $500 Farm Bureau incentive available to members in participating states for acquiring eligible GM vehicles has been extended to include Buick Encore and Chevrolet Volt models.
“This change to the vehicle incentive program means all Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models are now eligible for the popular $500 incentive without exclusions,” said Ron Gaskill, executive director, American Farm Bureau, Inc. READ MORE>>
Join us in San Antonio!
The 2014 American Farm Bureau Convention will take us to San Antonio in the Lone Star State of Texas. The nation’s 8th largest city, San Antonio maintains a “small town” attitude with its historic buildings, Spanish missions, the Alamo and the famed Riverwalk.
The convention features a dynamic trade show, three General Sessions over two days and dozens of interest sessions, workshops and seminars. Speakers include AFBF President Bob Stallman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The keynote speaker is General Stanley McChrystal, a retired four-star General and the former commander of U.S. and International forces in Afghanistan. Up and coming country singer James Wesley will perform his farming tribute single, “Thank a Farmer” in addition to other songs at the closing general session. The Foundation for Agriculture has organized a Texas-style music and rodeo extravaganza for the annual fundraising event with featured country singer Josh Turner.
Register now to join us in San Antonio! Click here for Registration Materials. For more information, contact Val Connelly at (800)248-9012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
C U in OC — 98th Annual Meeting and Convention
The 98th Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention is expected to draw over 300 members and guests to be educated and entertained. Setting policy, electing leaders and networking will be on the agenda from December 8 to 10, 2013, at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City.
The convention schedule will include the early arrival of Young Farmers for their meeting and competitions. Opening ceremonies will take place early Monday morning, allowing for a full day of speakers and sessions and concluding with the annual awards banquet Monday evening. Wrapping up the convention on Tuesday will be caucus meetings and policy decisions.
Click here for the tentative agenda.