Edition #5: September
 
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  Government Relations  
  MFB Submits Public Comments for the Use of Antimicrobial Drugs in Livestock and Poultry  
  On August 29, 2018, Maryland Farm Bureau submitted public comments in support of the Maryland Department of Agriculture's (MDA) proposed regulations for the use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock and poultry. These regulations are a component of Senate Bill 422 that was passed in 2017 that required MDA to draft regulations consistent with the state law. Click here to read MFB's comments.  

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  An Overview of the State Highway TMDL Tree Planting Program  
  In 2010, EPA developed the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program as a way to reduce the discharge of pollutants in stormwater and improve the health of the Bay. That same year, MDOT SHA began to develop programs in cooperation with the Maryland Department of the Environment to meet TMDL requirements. MDOT SHA is vigorously developing programs to improve water quality in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Washington Counties. Read more here.  

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  USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation  
  The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) provides  direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy, and hog producers who have been directly impacted by illegal retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. Producers may now apply for MFP through January 15, 2019. Click here to find out more about the assistance payment.   

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  Dairy Revenue Protection is Here  
  Since 2014 the annual average U.S. all-milk price has fallen by more than 30 percent. This year, it is projected to be at the lowest level since 2009, at $16.10 per hundredweight. Dairy Revenue Protection provides insurance for the difference between the revenue guarantee and actual milk revenue if prices or revenues decline. It also provides a greater choice of price risk management features, providing the ability to protect the value of milk based on the value of cheese to fresh milk, protein, or butterfat. Interested producers can begin signing up October 10th. Read more here.   

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  NAFTA Handshake: A Good Start Toward Improving Trade  
  A so-called handshake agreement between the U.S. and Mexico offers a path forward for trade relations between the two nations. Click here for more.  

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  Call for Nominations - Governor's Ag Hall of Fame  
  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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  Nominate a Teacher for the White-Reinhardt Scholarship  
  The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture White-Reinhardt Scholarship applications are now available. This is a great opportunity for local agriculture teachers. We are asking county Farm Bureaus to seek eligible educators in their area and encourage them to apply for the scholarship. Click here to read more.   

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  Take Action!  
  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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  Upcoming Events  
  MD Young Farmers Host Policy Devel-HOP-ment Meetings  
  Join us this fall for regional policy develHOPment meetings, hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) Young Farmers Committee. We will review current policy, identify areas of concern, and seek input from young farmers on new policies and priorities for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly. One free tasting will be provided per MFB member. Click here for dates, locations, and to RSVP.   

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  4th Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference  
  Please save the date for the 4th annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference. This conference will be held on November 8, 2018, from 8am-3pm at the Crowe Plaza Hotel, located at 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Click here to learn more or to register.  

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  UMD Dairy Field Day and Tour  
  Dairy producers, industry professionals, and government officials are invited to learn how dairy cattle genomics technology recently introduced at the University of Maryland dairy herd through a partnership with Zoetis, Inc. has been used to increase genetic progress. The field day will be held at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville facility on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Click here to learn more and register.  

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