Fair Farms Policy & Legislative Priorities

Fair Farms advocates on a wide array of important issues during this Maryland General Assembly session, which runs January through early April. We need your help! Please lift up your voice with your legislators in support of these critical issues. Stay tuned for more information about these bills and opportunities to write and call your legislators, submit testimony, and spread the word in an effort to turn these important policies into law.

Latest Priorities

Gov. Hogan: Support Local Farmers

With your help, last year Maryland created the Maryland Food for Maryland Institutions Study Group whose goal has been to increase the amount of locally grown food procured by Maryland institutions, providing more market opportunities for our local farming community. This year, we’re urging Governor Hogan to include funding for: Certified Local Farmer Enterprise Program…
Farmers Market

That’s a Wrap! Check out Our Successes this Legislative Session

The 2019 Maryland legislative session has come to a close. We are grateful and proud that so many of our bills were successful this year – from incentivizing the purchase of local foods, to ensuring that antibiotics are used responsibly in farming. e vow to keep fighting for those that were not.  Here’s our end-of-session…
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Fair Farms Legislative Priorities for 2019

Our Priorities Bills The Maryland Food for Maryland Institutions Act (Del. Charkoudian – HB305 | Sen. Hester – SB608) Eating local food provides many benefits to the consumer, the community, and the environment. With the hope of expanding support for local food, this bill will establish a task force that will review current state procurement processes…
Christmas Farms and Families Petition Delivery

VICTORY: Hogan Administration Invests $200,000 in Farmers Market Matching Program

Take Action: Thank Governor Hogan for his Leadership Christmas came early for local farmers and food-insecure Marylanders! On December 21st, Governor Hogan announced that the state will be investing $200,000 in the Farms and Families Grant Program to double farmers market purchases made by low-income families using their federal nutrition benefits. Join us in thanking…
Farmer Selling at Market

Action Alert: Ask Governor Hogan to Fund the Farms and Families Act

Help Support Local Farmers and Food-Insecure Families Maryland has the opportunity to move forward on a win-win program that directly invests in farmers throughout the state and helps low-income families purchase local and healthy fruits and vegetables. But we need your help to make this a reality! Please fill out the form below to ask…
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Take Action: Save the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act!

Last year, with your vocal support, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act to prohibit the overuse of human antibiotics in meat production. More than a year after the bill became law, without Gov. Hogan’s signature, the Hogan Administration finally released draft regulations to implement the law, and unfortunately the regulations are so weak that the…
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Maryland’s 2018 Legislative Session in Review: Our Wins, Setbacks & Hopes for 2018

Phew, we made it! Maryland’s 2018 legislative session is officially complete, so Fair Farms is here to update you on what we were able to accomplish together, a couple setbacks, and our hopes for next year. While there were a host of bills on the docket related to food and farming, Fair Farms prioritized four….
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Md. Farms and Families Program Secures Funding in General Assembly’s 2019 Budget!

By Alicia LaPorte, Fair Farms Campaign Manager I’m excited to share great news: While Gov. Hogan did not include the Farms and Families Program in his 2019 budget, the Maryland General Assembly included $200,000 for the program in the final budget that passed earlier this week! We are now one step closer to having Maryland…