Delaney Holds Washington County Agriculture Panel

Aug 29, 2014
Press Release
Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, Senate President Mike Miller, Senate Finance Chair Mac Middleton attend forum

BOONSBORO – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) convened an agriculture panel Friday in Boonsboro at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The panel included Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Senate Finance Chair Thomas “Mac” Middleton. The event was the third agriculture panel held by Congressman Delaney since taking office, following earlier events in Smithsburg and Cumberland. Over 40 farmers from the area attended the discussion.

“I’m proud to represent a large number of farmers and I want agriculture to remain a vibrant part of our region for decades to come. It’s extremely important to me to get local feedback from the agricultural community and learn more about their needs and concerns,” said Congressman Delaney. “I’m grateful to Secretary Hance, Senate President Miller and Senate Finance Chair Middleton for joining me today in Washington County. I’ve made it a priority to try to bring federal, state, and local officials and constituents together. When we invited Secretary Hance and President Miller to hear from local voices here, there was absolutely no hesitation on their part, and President Miller even went so far as to invite Chairman Middleton, a working farmer, to join us. I believe that now that we’ve passed a five year Farm Bill – which will provide vital support to America’s farmers – Congress should focus on easing the regulatory strain imposed on many family farmers. I firmly believe there’s a commonsense middle ground where we can protect the environment, keep farming profitable, and maintain Maryland’s proud agricultural heritage.”

Questions from the audience included concerns about state and federal regulations, the need to encourage more young people to pursue agriculture, and the growing black bear population in Western Maryland.

In January, Delaney was one of two members of the Maryland House Delegation to vote for the Farm Bill. While in Washington County, Delaney also held a small business roundtable in downtown Hagerstown and visited Clear Spring to thank the first responders for their work in flood relief and response.