Farm Bureau members visit lawmakers
MARYDEL — An immigration informational forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on 522 Main St., Marydel.
Representatives from the Mexican Consulate, the Guatemalan Consulate, and local immigration counsel from the surrounding area will be on hand to share recent updates for those residing in Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties.
The event is being sponsored by the Judy Center Partnership of Queen Anne’s County, Family Center of Queen Anne’s County, Greensboro Judy Center, the Caroline County Family Support Center, and the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center.
Light refreshments and child care assistance will be available for those attending the event.
For more information, call the Judy Center Partnership of Queen Anne’s County at 410-438-3887.
CENTREVILLE — The Kennard Alumni Association, with support from Abundant Life Restoration Ministries, will present an evening of “Family History and Heritage” on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the restored Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center.
Experience this oral and musical walk through local African American history at the old high school, located at 410 Little Kidwell Ave. The event will feature exhibits, music, dance and will honor local legends. This event is for all family members.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and under. Refreshments will be on sale.
All proceeds benefit the Kennard Alumni Scholarship Fund, supporting deserving seniors of Queen Anne’s County.
Contact Clayton Washington at 443-239-2110 or Kia Reed at 410-739-0395 for more information.
ANNAPOLIS — More than 120 Maryland Farm Bureau members traveled to the state capital on Feb. 8 for MFB’s annual Day in Annapolis event to talk with senators and delegates about agricultural bills. Sponsored by the Young Farmers and Women’s Leadership Committees, the event featured a legislative briefing by the Government Relations staff and a sit-down lunch with more than 60 legislators at the Governor Calvert House.
“The interaction between farmers and elected officials was extremely valuable,” said Chuck Fry, president of Maryland Farm Bureau. “Many don’t realize how effective it can be to simply share your story with legislators. The more they understand why and how you operate the way you do, the more they will consider your operation and the agricultural industry when drafting and voting on bills.”
Maryland farmers gathered in the State Capitol and at lunch to meet with legislators on issues regarding transportation, wildlife, tax assistance, the environment, dairy and livestock. Members discussed their support of transportation bills for live hauling poultry up to 88,000 pounds GVW on a 5-axel truck (HB 768 and SB 917) and re-establishing the Exceptional Milk Hauling Permit to allow up to 88,000 pounds on a 5-axel truck for the first four months of the year (SB 558). They also shared their support for a bill that authorizes a person to hunt deer under a Deer Management (Crop Damage) Permit on any Sunday throughout the year (HB 788 and SB 844) and for a bill that would exempt an individual who kills or wounds a black bear in defense of a bee colony from DNR penalties (HB 177).
Maryland Farm Bureau members spoke to their legislators about opposing the Maryland Clean Energy Incentive Act (SB 174) because it eliminates the agricultural renewable energy process from qualification for Maryland’s Clean Energy Tax Credit. They also talked about their opposition to the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017 (SB 422 and HB 602) because it would duplicate the restrictions that were implemented on Jan. 1 of this year through FDA’s regulation (prohibits the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion and routine, non-Veterinarian approved disease prevention).
Miss Maryland Agriculture Megan Millison of Frederick County was recognized on the Senate floor for her dedication to Maryland’s number one industry. Jennifer Cross, chairman of the MFB Women’s Leadership Committee, and Chuck Fry, MFB president, were also recognized by President of the Senate Mike Miller.
C.J. is a sweet-tempered, 5-yearold, mixed-breed dog. He is always ready to receive chin scratches and will dole out kisses as thanks. He may be a little timid at first, but warms up quickly. Visit C.J. Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Animal Welfare League. For more information, email adopt@ awlqac.org or call 410-827-7178.
Wayne Stafford, Del. Steve Arentz and Mike Kincaid at the Maryland Farm Bureau luncheon in Annapolis.