Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Legislation Impacting Local Farmers

    Here are summaries of two bills that were heard last week in the legislative session  that should be of interest to Davidsonville farmers. 
    Legislation to ban burnt copper wiring from being sold in Maryland was heard.   Copper wire theft has become a major issue not only in Maryland, but in the US.   Farmers are being impacted due to a major movement of these thieves to target irrigation systems and steal the irrigation span cable right off the pivots. 
    Also heard last week was SB 941, legislation that would allow seasonal directional signs on State Highway right of ways that would guide consumers to farms with retail sales such as pick-your-own, creameries and agritourism operations. The farm would be responsible for the signs and they would have to apply for a permit for approval. 

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