— “Overall, the news is good,” said Valerie Connelly, Executive Director of the Maryland Farm Bureau. “We call on the environmental lobby to recognize and give credit to farmers for all they have achieved. We have consistently been ahead of schedule in Bay clean up progress reports – to the tune of 130% in some years. We have demonstrated our commitment. It’s time for the out-of-state environmental industry that has set up here in Maryland to pack up and move on. They should stop targeting our poultry and livestock farms and discard their ridiculous calls for taxing the industry out of business. Maryland farmers are environmental stewards, they are sustainable and they are providing the locally-grown products that are in such demand here in our state.”
The mission of the Maryland Farm Bureau is to promote and protect Maryland agriculture and rural life. MFB is a private, non-profit membership organization that is financed by voluntary membership dues. Its strength comes from the active participation of over 37,000 member families that belong to the state’s 23 county Farm Bureaus.