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Why is the Farm Bill important to Maryland?
Maryland boasts 12,300 farms that cover 2,030,000 million acres. In 2014, sales of farm and ranch products contributed $2,661,687,000 to the state’s economy.
See how the Farm Bill impacts Maryland farmers, consumers in our communities, and our state’s economy
Colby Ferguson, Government Relations Director recently wrote a report on MFB’s continued efforts to pass the 2018 Farm Bill in D.C. Read his remarks here.
During the latter half of 2017, Maryland Farm Bureau worked with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on some possibilities to address the increased crop damage from deer. In those meetings, one tool that was discussed was the Deer Cooperator Permit.
Recently, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources staff rolled out the new Agriculture Deer Cooperator Permit (DCP) at a workshop hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau. Click here to learn more about the permit.
Learn more about our plans to reduce crop damage.
Click here to view a video of deer damage in Charles County.
Click here to view photos of crop damage in various MD counties.
Click here to view a video of Sika Deer in Dorchester County.
During the 2018 Maryland legislative session, HB 698 & SB 1201 were passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Hogan. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2018.
These bills created a pilot program that allows the production, harvest and sale of industrial hemp in Maryland. Even though regular production of industrial hemp is still illegal in Federal law, the 2014 Federal Farm Bill created a program that would legally allow the production of industrial hemp as a college/university research project.
This new pilot program makes it legal to grow industrial hemp in coordination with a college/university research project.
Click here to read more about the regulations and viability of industrial hemp in Maryland.