We can work together for the growth of our local economy by rewarding the use of innovative farming technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural processes and give farmers the capacity and room they need to do what they do best. Annapolis likes to slam our farmers with burdensome regulations without actually talking to the farmers first. Farmers understand the importance of a healthy and clean environment more than anyone, so shouldn’t we be listening to their concerns?

By offering incentives to plant cover crops and build up the riparian buffers, we can make sure our environment is staying clean and safe while giving the farmers the resources they need to be successful. We can give the farmers and watermen a voice in Annapolis. We can equip our farmers with the tools to do their part in protecting the environment. After all, without a clean environment, there would be no crops to harvest. It’s time Maryland stood up for the farming community.