Edition #4: August
 
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  Sign Up to Receive Text Alerts  
  Maryland Farm Bureau now has the ability to send text alerts for pressing legislative and regulatory issues. Sign up today to receive these alerts so you know instantly when action needs to be taken.   

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  Make Your Voice Heard through Policy Development Sessions  
  Colby Ferguson, Government Relations Director

Since Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization, every summer and early fall, county Farm Bureaus have the opportunity to create policy development committees to review State Issues of Concern - issues that affect farmers in their county - as well as review existing local, state, and national policy for revisions, additions, and possible deletions.

Farmers in every county are encourage to participate in the process to make sure their voice and issues are being heard. Many of the counties have scheduled their policy development meetings, so make sure to reach out to your county Farm Bureau and ask about participating in the process. Click here to find your county's contact information.

Take full advantage of your Farm Bureau membership, and get involved with your county's policy development process. You must be a Farm Bureau farmer-member to participate. Click here to view our 2018 Policy Handbook.
 

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  Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Phase 3  
  Valerie Connelly, Executive Director

Click here to attend a planning meeting near you.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture hosted a Leadership Roundtable on Wednesday, July 25th to begin discussion on Phase 3 of the Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Farm Bureau is working to ensure the development of a "fair" plan for agriculture that does not overburden our farmers. Your role as an active member of the farm community is critical. We encourage you to attend the county planning meetings that begin in early August. Here's a link to the schedule of local county WIP meetings. Your input at those meetings will determine what is in the draft plan. Click here to find out more.
 

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  AFBF Holds Urban County Farm Bureau Summit in D.C.  
  Ryan Zimmerman, Western MD Regional Director

American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Urban County Farm Bureau Summit was held on July 10th at the AFBF office in Washington, D.C. The summit was developed to bring together the nation's growing urban Farm Bureau counties to come up with ideas on how to adapt to the changing rural and agricultural landscape, while bringing in newer agricultural fields to be a part of Farm Bureau. County Farm Bureaus from Idaho to Puerto Rico were in attendance to collaborate with one another. Maryland had several urban county Farm Bureaus invited to attend; Frederick, Montgomery, Howard, Prince George's, and Baltimore. The main takeaway from the event was that, in order to be successful in these counties, we have to engage with our community members about the true value of Farm Bureau and the many benefits that go along with a membership.
 

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  DNR Rolls Out New Deer Cooperator Permit for Agricultural Use  
  Colby Ferguson, Government Relations Director

On July 25th, Maryland Department of Natural Resources staff rolled out the new Agricultural Deer Cooperator Permit (DCP) at a workshop hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau. More than 50 members were in attendance. Click here to read more about the new permit.

Click here to see deer damage on a produce farm in Charles County.
Click here to see Sika Deer in Dorchester County.
Click here to see photos of crop damage in various MD counties.
 

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  MFB Attends 20th Annual Commodity Classic  
  Emily Solis, Communications Specialist

The Maryland Grain Producers held their 20th Annual Commodity Classic last week at the Queen Anne's County 4H Park. Maryland Farm Bureau was proud to be a sponsor of the event that spotlights relevant research for grain producers, while also briefing attendees on current agricultural issues. Bill Northey, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services was the Keynote Speaker. He discussed the USDA's work with the current trade tariffs, along with the $12 billion aid package to be given to farmers affected by the trade wars. Northey noted that, "Agriculture is taking 40% of the hit with tariffs." Farmers and agriculture professionals were treated to a crab feast following the presentations and speakers. 
 

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  Gov. Hogan's Buy Local Cookout a Success  
  Trish Hildebrand, Eastern Shore Regional Director

On July 19th, local agriculture products were showcased as Maryland farms and restaurants joined together for the 11th Annual Governor's Buy Local Cookout. This event is the kickoff party to the Buy Local Challenge, a pledge to "eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week." This year was a welcome break from the last few years of scorching heat. Guests at the cookout were free to mingle and visit each station to try dishes made of local products from land and water. We were proud to see so many Farm Bureau members in attendance and featured in recipes. Click here to download the recipes.
 

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  Nominations for the Governor's Hall of Fame Now Being Accepted  
  The Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations of farmers and farm families for the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to one of the state's most important industries. Nominations are due October 6th. Those selected for induction will be honored during the Taste of Maryland Agriculture event on February 7, 2019. Click here to learn more and download an application.  

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  Upcoming Events  
  Blessing of the Harvesters  
   

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  4R Alliance Field Day  
  The Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance and University of Maryland Extension invite growers and agribusiness professionals to join them for their 4R Technology Field Day. The event will be showcasing application of the 4Rs (right source, right rate, right time, and right place) on Delmarva. Click here to register.  

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  Annual Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop  
  The Annual Maryland Crop Insurance Workshop will be
held September 13th ath the Comfort Inn in Bowie. This workshop provides the opportunity to hear from experts on current issues related to the federal crop insurance program and federal farm policy. Click here to register.
 

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  Preventive Controls for Human Food Training  
   

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  Truck & Trailer Safety Seminar  
   

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