Farm Bu­reau mem­bers visit law­mak­ers

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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.

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