News Date: 09/29/2009
Eight new agriculture laws go into effect October 1 in Maryland. The laws address agricultural land preservation, organic farming, veterinary, turf grass and tobacco authority issues.
“Working closely with the General Assembly this session, we passed key legislation to protect our priorities of strengthening our middle class and our small and family owned businesses and farms, providing opportunity for more people, and protecting the health of our citizens and the environment to keep Maryland smart, green and growing,” said Governor Martin O'Malley.
“We are very pleased by this year’s legislative session and have worked to get these laws up and running,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “We thank Governor O’Malley, the General Assembly, the farm community and the citizens who pushed for passage of these bills. Their support shows that more people are recognizing how important agriculture is to their lives.”
2009 agriculture-related laws effective October 1 are:
Two additional laws went into effect on July 1, 2009:
A more detailed description of each new law is available on MDA’s website at: www.mda.state.md.us/about_mda/laws-legislation/2009_legislation.php. To see a full listing of bills signed by Governor O’Malley, visit www.gov.state.md.us and to see all bills considered by the 2009 General Assembly log onto www.mlis.state.md.us. (Contact: Sue duPont, 410-841-5889)
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