Hemp Production

Victory for Maryland’s Hemp Bill!

This just in: the bill to legalize hemp production in Maryland has passed the General Assembly! Governor Hogan is expected to sign the bill, and then the Department of Agriculture will need to create regulations to allow for growing. Thanks to everyone who reached out to their representatives in Annapolis in support of this bill. Even …

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Farmers Lose Out to Corporate Interests in USDA Decision

Farmer Fair Practices Rule Rescinded, Leaving Contract Growers Vulnerable to Unfair Corporate Practices Family farmers under contract with large meat companies were dealt a blow this month when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had rescinded the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule. This common-sense rule would have allowed contracted growers to protect …

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Quiz: Diversifying the Economic Basket

My name is Aiden Irish, and I am the author of a newly released Fair Farms report, “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket:Risks in Conventional Poultry Growing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Local Agriculture,” which highlights the need for, and opportunities from diverse agricultural systems. While my work, research, and education revolve around food …

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Agro Economic Report Release: ‘Diversifying the Agricultural Basket’

Fair Farms released new research highlighting the benefits of biodiversity in Maryland’s agriculture sector. The report, “Diversifying the Agricultural Basket, Risks in Conventional Poultry Growing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Opportunities from Diversified Local Agriculture,” reinforces the old adage, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” and highlights the benefits of biodiversity in our …

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Delmarva Poultry Forum: How Many Chickens are Too Many for the Eastern Shore?

Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES) hosted a community forum on the impacts of industrial poultry production last week. Attended by well over 100 people on a snowy Wednesday night (Jan. 20) in the Eastern Shore town of Exmore, VA, the forum was moderated by Peabody Award-winning radio host Marc Steiner. The conversation will …

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