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.

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2020 Legislative Priorities

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Thank you for making these legislative wins possible!

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Maryland General Assembly decided to adjourn a few weeks early, on March 18th. We’re thankful that our elected officials acted quickly to protect public health, while also accomplishing a tremendous amount in a short period of time. Thanks to their steadfastness, and your vocal advocacy,…

Help Maryland Farmers Fight Climate Change

Take Action to support the creation of the Maryland Healthy Soils Grant Program (HB1176)! This program would make grants available for voluntary projects that increase carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reductions on farms throughout Maryland. The program would promote dozens of wide-ranging practices that are known to build soil health and sequester carbon—ensuring that…

Support Farm to Institution Initiatives in Maryland

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. Out of that diverse network of stakeholders, came the idea to establish the two important…

Take Action: Expand Maryland’s Cost-Share Program

Take Action Now to support the expansion of the Maryland Agriculture Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program (HB687/SB597)! Maryland spends approximately $30 million per year for conservation measures on farms. About 80% of these funds pay for “annual” management practices while payments for cost-effective, longer term practices like pastures and forest buffers are drastically reduced. Farmers…

Fair Farms Legislative Priorities for 2020

With a new year comes new priorities for the Fair Farms campaign to focus on in the Maryland state legislature. We hope that you will be an involved participant in the legislative process this session. Write and call your legislators, submit testimony, and support bills by talking with family and friends and encouraging them to…