Friday, February 19, 2010

Pending Poultry Legislation

I took a trip to Annapolis a few weeks ago with some fellow farmers and met with our elected state representatives.  They surprised us by immediately offering to sponsor legislation that would address our concerns.   Could have knocked me over with a feather.  Who knew it would be so easy?

We went to Annapolis because the regulations in Maryland say that we are not allowed to sell on-farm processed poultry or rabbit at farmers markets.  We are allowed to sell here on the farm, but not at a table at the market.  The state recognizes farmers markets as an extension of on-farm sales for ALL OTHER PRODUCTS, but not poultry or rabbit.  The state requires all meats that are sold to have been processed at a USDA inspected facility.  However, the USDA specifically exempts small poultry processors from being inspected.   So, the state says we need to be inspected, but the USDA says we dont.  And the State doesnt care if we sell on farm, just not at a farmers market.  Does that make any sense?

So, we went to Annapolis and our representatives agreed. The links are below.  If you live in Maryland and are passionate about local food and supporting small farms and pastured poultry, please contact your representatives and urge them to support this legislation!!!

House Bill 1070
Senate Bill 912


SteveandAlina said...

Way to be an advocate!!!!!

Blue Heron Farm said...

Say what you will about Texas - but at least we are a pro-business state. I hope they move on this quickly. There are plenty more stupid laws to work at undoing. said...

Most Texans also think that cavemen rode dinosaurs, so there is also that which needs some undoing.

I mean, cavemen on dinosaurs! Everyone knows it was the cave WOMEN who rode dinosaurs.