Edition #7: November
 
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  State Government Relations  
  Register Now! Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Convention  
 

Join us for the MDFB Annual Convention & Meeting of Delegates and CyberAg Symposium. Events will be in-person December 4-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge. Find the full schedule of events on our website. Register now! 
 

Young Farmer Competitive Events
Are you between the ages of 18-35 and interested in earning an expenses-paid trip to Puerto Rico in January 2023? Well do I have some news for you! If you compete in and win one of the Maryland Farm Bureau (MDFB) Young Farmers Competitive events that take place at the 2021 MDFB Annual Convention & Meeting of Delegates, then you will compete at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in January 2023 in Puerto Rico!

Farm Bureau GO Team & Advocacy Training
GO Team members are the American Farm Bureau's key advocates and thought leaders, those whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential. Maryland Farm Bureau members interested in joining the GO Team are invited to attend a special session during the upcoming convention on December 5th at 3:45 p.m. Tom Donnelly from AFBF will be there to talk about the GO Team members and about opportunities only available for GO Team members. Plus, current Maryland GO Team member will share their experiences. More here.

 

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  Day In Annapolis 2022  
 
 

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  Managing Your Agriculture Business After COVID-19  
 

There is no question that the last two years changed the agricultural industry. Running an agriculture business during a pandemic surfaced new approaches to serving customers and maintaining profitability. 

Maryland Farm Bureau (MDFB) and the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) are pleased to announce "Managing your agriculture business after COVID-19."  The event will take place on Thursday, January 13th, 2022, at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Our keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Alex White from Virginia Tech. Dr. White is one of the top experts in agricultural economics and is known for teaching countless ag financial management courses throughout the country. More here.

 

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  Department Offers Maryland Farmers One-Time $1,000/Acre Signing Bonus for CREP Enrollment  
 

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has increased its one-time signing bonus to $1,000 per acre for eligible farmers and landowners who install forest buffers along qualifying stream corridors through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Farmers and landowners with new contracts for CREP practice CP22 riparian buffers effective on or after October 1, 2021, are eligible. All other CREP contracts and re-enrollments remain eligible for a $100 per acre signing bonus. More here. 

 

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  DCA Hiring Agriculture Conservation Specialist  
 

The objective of this position is to work closely with chicken growers in helping to implement beneficial conservation practices, including but not limited to vegetative environmental buffers, pollinators and other nutrient management protections on chicken farms and other stakeholders throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. The position will offer technical assistance and resources to Delmarva Chicken Association members and build upon DCA's mission to be a premier membership association that is innovative and leading the nation conservation practices. Applications due by November 30, 2021. More here.

 

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  MARBIDCO Communications Associate Job Announcement  
 

MARBIDCO has a Communications Associate job opening at the Annapolis office. Qualified candidates are sought for a full-time position with a quasi-public (nonprofit) organization providing financial and business development assistance to agricultural and resource-based businesses in Maryland. The incumbent develops and helps implement communications and marketing activities, drafts written materials and meeting minutes, coordinates publications design (including an annual report), maintains a website, arranges occasional meetings and events, participates in tradeshows, and assists with special projects in a small busy office. For best consideration, apply by December 15, 2021. More here.

 

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  MDA, University of Maryland Announce Farm Stress Assistance Program  
 

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension (Extension or UME), today announced a new statewide Farm Stress Assistance program designed to provide physical and mental health resources to rural communities. The program is funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). More here. 

 

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  Federal Government Relations  
  Bipartisan Infrastructure and Investment Act Passes Congress  
 

The House passed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure legislation on November 5, 2021. The Senate passed the bill on August 10, 2021. AFBF President Zippy Duval praised the legislation after Senate passage saying that farmers depend on millions of miles of roadways and waterways to get their products to America's dinner tables, and they rely on ports to ship food, fiber and fuel to countries around the world. He also said that extending digital access to rural America is just as important as paved roads and solid bridges. In addition, the bill includes an exemption for livestock and insect haulers from Hours of Service regulations within a 150 air-mile radius from their final destination. More here. 

 

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  Harris Named Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member  
 

The Maryland Farm Bureau congratulates Rep. Andy Harris on his appointment as Acting Ranking Member on the House or Representatives Appropriations Committee's Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and related agency's subcommittee. This subcommittee oversees federal spending that flows through the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Farm Credit Administration. 

Maryland is home to more than 12,000 farms that market $2,472,805,000 of agricultural products. The programs administered by agencies under the over site of the Ag Appropriations Subcommittee are critically important to both Maryland and American agriculture. More here. 

 

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  USDA Introduces New Insurance Policy for Farmers Who Sell Locally  
 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. The new policy is offered through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) and it has distinct provisions that can provide more access to the program. More here. 

 

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  New Promotional Opportunity for Agritourism Venues  
 

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is looking for orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more to showcase on a new app dedicated to connecting consumers with agritourism venues.

The American Farm Trail app, created by the Foundation and sponsored by Corteva, allows farmers, ranchers and farm attraction managers to sign up for free to showcase their agritourism venues. Farms and attractions can create a profile promoting their business, history, available products and more. More here. 

 

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  Widespread Port Congestion Threatens Farm Exports  
 

"For want of a shipping container, the television didn't arrive" - a relevant line from AFBF's latest Market Intel, Inflation and the Supply Chain, describing the impacts of global supply chain shocks from lingering pandemic-induced market forces.

The world's ocean freight network remains strained from a slate of market failures linked to shifts in consumer behavior and a global economy hesitant to return to normal. A June analysis of the conditions at California's busiest ports, Congestion at West Coast Seaports Hinders Trade Boom, revealed risks to a significant portion of U.S. agricultural exports. In today's article we provide an update on the conditions at those ports and others stressed by an onslaught of market shortfalls. More here. 

 

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  Take Action!  
  Needs Assessment Survey, Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Counties  
 

The University of Maryland wants to hear your perspective about your community's thoughts and access barriers for getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as identify key community leaders and trusted channels to share information about the vaccine and the groups who are more at-risk for not getting the vaccine. There is no right or wrong answer. We want to hear positive and negative responses. Survey here.

 

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  Member Benefits  
  Investing in Healthcare Coverage Means Investing in What Matters  
 

Healthcare coverage is big decision that comes with a big cost, and Farm Bureau Healthcare takes that very seriously. When shopping for healthcare coverage, it is important to consider all your plan options and chose the one that best supports your lifestyle and price range. 

At Farm Bureau Healthcare we make it easy to pick a plan and understand exactly what you are getting! Our online platform is user friendly and flexible, giving you all plan options all on a comparable interface. Most importantly, at Farm Bureau Healthcare we want everyone to have a clear understanding of their plan offerings. We have licensed consultants to help you and provide educational material for your team. 

No surprises, no confusion. Prioritize what matters and invest in yourself, your family, your colleagues, and your company by choosing Farm Bureau Healthcare today. More here. 

 

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  Save 20% off Budget Truck Rentals  
 

Maryland Farm Bureau members can now save 20 percent off Budget Truck Rental! Moving can be stressful but renting your moving truck doesn't need to be. Take truck rental off your list of worries. Budget Truck Rental is one of the world's best-known truck rental brands with over 1,000 locations in the Continental United States. More here. 

 

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