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Press Release: Hogan Administration Defies General Assembly by Failing to Address Irresponsible Antibiotic Use in Agriculture

MDA’s Proposed Regulations for 2017 Law Allow for Continued Routine Antibiotic Use, Which Fuels Global Antibiotic Resistance Crisis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2018 CONTACT: Emily Scarr, Director, Maryland PIRG Director,, 859-221-4213 Katlyn Clark, Staff Attorney, Waterkeepers Chesapeake,, 240-320-7711 Annapolis, Md – Public health advocates are crying foul over the Maryland Department of…
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Press Release: Senator Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Improve Assistance for Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Advocates praise changes to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability for underserved farmers and ranchers For Immediate Release May 15, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced a bill that would improve assistance to underserved populations in the farming community. The “Assist Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers…
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Farmers and Anti-Hunger Advocates Call on Gov. Hogan to Use Budget Surplus to Fight Food-Insecurity and Support Local Agriculture

For Immediate Release March 19, 2018 Millersville, MD (March 19, 2018) – In conjunction with Maryland Agriculture Week, declared by Gov. Hogan as March 18-21, and the state’s recent announcement of a $430 million budget surplus, farmers and anti-hunger advocates have renewed their calls for the Governor to fund the Maryland Farms and Families Program….
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Press Release: New Campaign Asks Weis Markets to Adopt Responsible Antibiotics Policy for Store-Brand Chicken

Regional Grocery Chain Sells Sanderson Farms Chicken, Poultry Company Routinely Using Medically Important Antibiotics For Immediate Release January 30, 2018 Contact: Alicia LaPorte 860.869.9788 Takoma Park, MD (January 30, 2018) – Fair Farms, a grassroots movement of Marylanders committed to building a sustainable and healthy food system, today launched Fair Farms Wise Choice, a…
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Governor Hogan’s 2019 State Budget Fails to Fund the MD Farms and Families Act

Agriculture and anti-hunger community will continue to urge the Governor to fund Law that fights food insecurity and directly invests in local farms For Immediate Release January 18, 2018 Millersville, MD (January 18, 2018) – The 2019 Maryland budget that Governor Larry Hogan presented to the General Assembly did not include funding for the Maryland Farms and Families…
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Press Release: Maryland Agricultural Stakeholders Unite in Support of Funding the Md. Farms and Family Act

One hundred farmers and agriculture-related small businesses petition Governor Hogan to fund the MD Farms and Family Act that helps fight hunger and directly invests in local farms For Immediate Release December 18, 2017 Baltimore, MD (December 18, 2017) -Representatives from Fair Farms Maryland and Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA) hand-delivered a petition signed by more than one…

PRESS RELEASE: New Maryland Law Prohibits Routine Use of Antibiotics on Farms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 CONTACT: Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake (202) 423-0504 New Maryland Law Prohibits Routine Use of Antibiotics on Farms Keep Antibiotics Effective Act makes Maryland the second state to restrict agricultural use of antibiotics Annapolis, Md – The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (SB422/HB602) will become law without a signature from Governor…

Press Release: Gov. Signs Healthy Soils Legislation

GOVERNOR SIGNS HEALTHY SOILS LEGISLATION TO HELP FARMERS AN LIMIT CLIMATE CHANGE New program would promote healthy soil practices among Maryland farmers Annapolis, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation establishing the new Maryland Healthy Soils Program. House Bill 1063, sponsored by Del. Dana Stein (D-Baltimore County), directs the Maryland Department of Agriculture to provide…


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