2017 Maryland Legislative Priorities

Fair Farms is following a wide array of legislation in the Maryland General Assembly, which is holding is 90-day session through April 10, 2017. We hope that you will be an involved participant in the legislative process this session. Write your legislators, submit testimony, and support bills by talking with family and friends and encouraging …

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Soil… Is it Really That Important?

President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “[A] nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”  His assessment holds truth because healthy crop production depends on healthy soil. Why should we care about soil? Isn’t it just the dirt that plants grow in? Soil actually contains more forms of life than what is living on the surface. It may not be …

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Climate Change and Agriculture: A Problem Too Hot (and Cold, and Wet, and Dry) to Ignore

By Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Every day, farmers and ranchers across the country battle against the realities of climate change. Southern farmers contend with severe floods. Extreme heat and drought plagues farmers on both coasts. Farmers and ranchers from all regions have faced damage to their crops and animals due to …

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Healthy Soil: A Solution for Combating Climate Change and Beyond

Probably more than anyone, farmers understand the importance of healthy soil for higher crop productivity, better water absorption, and a number of other reasons.  However, not everyone realizes that healthy soil can also help solve one of the greatest crises facing our time and, in the wake of the Paris Climate Summit, a hot topic …

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