State Agriculture Commission Seeking Input

The Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture (GICA) is seeking input from both the framing and county communities regarding zoning, permitting, and health regulations and their effect on farming. From coverage on

GICA will share the findings with the Maryland Association of Counties and ask for its input into the survey results. GICA will then convene a work group to develop recommendations.

“We have heard from farmers and farming organizations that there are issues at the county level that need to be reviewed in light of the evolving changes within the agriculture industry,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “At the same time, farmers need to know who to contact and what their rights are when a county zoning, permitting or health issue arises. Our goal is to provide guidance to farmers and counties to ensure both sides understand each other and the law. This survey is a first step toward meeting that goal. “

For more information, contact Joanna Kille at or 410-841-5880.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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