Good News on Bay Clean Up Effort But Out-of State
Environmental Activists Can’t Stop Attacking
The most recent analysis by the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program office shows that Maryland is on target to meet the 2025 Bay restoration goals. In fact, we are ahead of schedule. A look at the agricultural sector shows that Maryland farmers are reducing nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment.
“According to our Maryland progress data, we achieved our 2013 milestone reduction targets for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers. “In fact, Maryland finished this 2012-2013 period more than 3.5 million pounds reduced ahead of schedule for nitrogen, nearly 147,000 pounds reduced ahead of schedule for phosphorus and nearly 90 million pounds reduced ahead of schedule for sediment which places us on the right trajectory to reach our 2017 and 2025 goals.” READ MORE>>
Farm Bill Education Workshops Planned for August
The 2014 Farm Bill will bring changes for dairy and grain farmers in Maryland. Farmers are encouraged to participate in a series of workshops to be held across the state in August to prepare for decisions they will need to make to participate in 2014 Farm Bill programs. The workshops are sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), USDA – Risk Management Agency and USDA-Farm Service Agency. READ MORE>>
Discounts on Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Offered
Maryland Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! program with Polaris Industries Inc., is available to eligible members, effective immediately. The roll-out of the new three-year program with Polaris, the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, demonstrates Farm Bureau’s continued investment in exceeding member expectations. READ MORE>>
MD Farm Bureau PAC makes endorsements
The Maryland Farm Bureau’s PAC recently announced its endorsements for the primary election. They did not endorse any gubernatorial candidates, but they did send candidates a questionnaire. READ MORE>>
Ag Law Infoline established for farmers
The Agriculture Law Education Initiative recently launched an Infoline phone number for the agricultural community. The Infoline phone number will direct callers to legal information resources related to their agricultural operation. The Infoline, (410) 706-7377, is currently answered by staff at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. READ MORE>>
K-Tag Expansion Bill Benefits MFB Members
Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill 221, which will allow the expansion of farm-area vehicles with a class K registration to travel from 10 to 25 miles. For over two years, MFB has worked closely with the State Highway Administration to put forward a bill that would expand the current 10-mile radius of a Class K registration, better known as a K-tag.
“This bill is what Maryland Farm Bureau is all about,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry. “Members saw an issue and developed it into policy at the county level and passed it through the state level. Then we asked our friends in Annapolis to submit a bill to try and fix the issue.” READ MORE>>
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MFB welcomes two new Field Representatives
Maryland Farm Bureau has hired two new Field Representatives to support members in the Central/Southern counties and the Eastern Shore. They will both begin their roles on March 24, 2014.
Jennifer Richards of Brandywine will be responsible for Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, while… READ MORE>>
New Resource Guide Assists Veterans in Agriculture
A new resource guide developed by Farm Bureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnership is now available. Farm Bureau and the FVC are working together to train beginning farmers, make equipment available to veteran farmers and help find farm ownership or employment opportunities for members of the military transitioning into the civilian workforce.
“Through this partnership, I am optimistic returning veterans will learn how to continue their service to our country by helping feed its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural communities more viable through the many entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to offer,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.