January 28, 2020
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 interested in these soil and climate-friendly projects deserve reliable and equitable access to state cost-share assistance.
What we want to see from the MACS program:
- More funding for rotational grazing, stream buffers, wetlands and trees
- No cost-share subsidies for new or expanding Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
- No more penalties for farmers planting mixed cover crop species