And good news...
Making farming easier where people live. Inspired by the story of Charlie Koiner and his daughter Lynn's 40 year successful farm in downtown Silver Spring and with a eye toward ensuring that these types of urban farm oasis succeed, Council Member Tom Hucker garnered unanimous Council vote for his Urban Farm Tax Credit legislation. MCA is proud to facilitate ongoing operation of the Koiner farm through our Land Link Montgomery program. Charlie and Lynn now have a skilled yet eager to learn more next gen farmer on board.
After 5 years of effort, a statewide ban on fracking, garnering a veto proof majority in the House and support from Governor Hogan, is headed, unamended, to the Senate. Again, many thanks to those of you who responded to our calls for action by calling and writing your representatives. It took some work as Senator Miller was working to amend the ban by requiring county by county referendum.
MCA's testimony: The Case of the Communicating Wells
The Centers for Disease Control have warned of the dangers of over use of antibiotics for a number of years. And the rise of "superbugs" or antibiotic resistant illnesses (over 2 million effected annually) has caused global alarm. With 70% of human antibiotics being used by livestock and poultry farmers, in many cases as a means of broad preventative in healthy animals, there was an imperative to establish limitations for agricultural use of antibiotics. Use on healthy animals would be prohibited while sick animals or farms experienced disease outbreak could use antibiotics. The bills each passed their respective houses with bipartisan support. We trust that Governor Hogan will not veto. Passage will make Maryland the second state (1st California) to enact antibiotic safety legislation.
Keep Antibiotics Safe Legislation
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