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Info on Md. farm rules, regulations now on Web

November 22, 2005

ANNAPOLIS - Do you want to find out what you can sell at a farmers' market or what the "right-to-farm" law covers in your county?

As a result of a land use and farming meeting held this past summer, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has created an online resource to help locate that information and more.

"A wide array of state and county regulations important to farmers, entrepreneurs, land use officials, and others is now available online at one Web site," said Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley.

This is a way to help "keep farming profitable while protecting the beauty and heritage of the state's rural regions," Riley said.

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In June, the state agency and the Maryland Farm Bureau hosted a meeting to discuss issues related to the needs of farmers, their neighbors and land use planners.

"An overwhelming theme of the meeting was the need for clear, easy-to-find information on zoning and health regulations related to agriculture and right-to-farm ordinances at the state and county levels," the agency said in a press release.

Its staff contacted all of the counties as well as the Maryland departments of Planning, and Health and Mental Hygiene as well as USDA's Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service to compile information on health, agricultural, and zoning regulations needed by farmers and their neighbors to make idecisions.

The Web site, which will be updated periodically, is www.mda.state.md.us/on_web/ag_links/countyag.php

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