Edition #2: May
 
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  Government Relations  
  Together, We'll Continue to Grow  
 
During these uncertain times, a few things remain certain-the rain will fall, the sun will shine and together we'll continue to grow. To everyone on the frontlines, we salute you. #StillFarming.
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  Join the Fight to End Hunger  
  The COVID-19 pandemic has left food banks under tremendous pressure to meet the skyrocketing demand of hungry families and individuals. To assist in efforts to feed hungry Marylanders, Maryland Farm Bureau and the Maryland Food Bank have partnered to launch the #HungerHeroes campaign. Be a hero. End hunger. Join the #HungerHeroes by donating today. More here. 
 

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  Enrollment for 2020 Safety-Net Programs Approaching Fast  
  Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff here in Maryland stand ready to help you obtain credit for spring farm operating needs, service loans or sign up for programs, including the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020. Producers simply need to enroll in the ARC or PLC program - their 2019 crop year program election applies to 2020 - by the June 30 deadline. More here.   

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  Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses  
  U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA's EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. More here.   

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  Take Action!  
  CARES-2 Legislation: Contact your lawmakers now!  
  Right now, Congress is working on the second "Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act," (CARES-2 ACT). This emergency legislation is needed to help America's farmers and ranchers. Click here to tell your story.  

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  Upcoming Events  
  The Choice of a Lifetime Webinar  
  As a farmer, did you know that you might not qualify for Social Security benefits in retirement? Do you know how to get your current Social Security statement of benefits? Let Nationwide show you simple steps to identify your future projected benefit and help you create a personalized filing strategy. Learn how to ensure you will qualify for Social Security benefits. Join Maryland Farm Bureau and Nationwide, on May 19th for an educational webinar. Register here.   

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  Keeping the Maryland Farm Profitable in 2020  
 

Join our Member Benefits partner, INTL FCStone, on May 20th for a free Market Outlook and Educational Webinar. This webinar is exclusive for Maryland Farm Bureau members. Hear from INTL FCStone's market experts, learn about risk management tools and start thinking more strategically about crop marketing. Register here. 

 

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  Food Safety Fridays- A "How-to" Webinar Series  
  Be sure to tune into "Food Safety Fridays- A "How-to" Webinar Series". This is a monthly webinar series, hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network, and they will focus on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The webinars will include experts demonstrating how to perform risk assessments, implement practices, and keep records to comply with the PSR. Register here.  

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  Member Benefits  
  Case IH: Get Propelled Into Spring  
  Start the hay season off on the best foot possible with a new Case Self-Propelled Windrower. With your Maryland Farm Bureau discount you can receive $500 off selected models for your next dependable Case IH purchase. Learn more here.   

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  Member Savings Advantage  
  Maryland Farm Bureau members now have access to nearly 300,000 discounts nationwide through Member Savings Advantage! Sign up today and start saving on dining, recreation, auto, health & beauty, home & garden, cruises, airfare, and more! More here.
 

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