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11:12 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Mikulski: Farm Bill Big Boost for Maryland Agriculture

Credit Don Rush

Senator Barbara Mikulski hailed the Senate passage of the farm bill declaring the measure would bolster Maryland’s $2 billion agricultural industry.

The Maryland Democrat said the legislation would provide a stronger safety net for dairy producers with a market stabilization program, while increasing agricultural block grants from $55 million to $70 million a year.

Maryland’s senior Senator also said that the Farm Bill made crucial reform to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that without reducing benefits or removing anyone from its rolls.

Meanwhile, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation also had praise for the measure.

Its President William Baker said he appreciated the efforts by the region’s Senate delegation to fund programs that will help farmers reduce pollution effecting the local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.