County farmers question new agricultural regulations, changes

BY JEN BONDESON | FREDERICK NEWS POST

52f72ca4d8395.preview-300Frederick County farmers told federal, state and local elected officials Saturday that they can’t take any more regulations.

About 100 farmers and agriculture leaders attended the Annual Legislative Day for agriculture, hosted by the Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation District, Frederick County Farm Bureau, and Frederick County Pomona Grange at the New Midway Fire Hall just north of Woodsboro.

Regulation and taxes, as always, were the biggest issues the farmers shared throughout the day, said Charles Brault, president of the Frederick County Farm Bureau.

County Commissioners gave updates on new storm water management requirements and impact fees. Farm owners are held to the same standards as developers for both. They must manage the water flowing off their buildings and other impervious services, and must pay impact fees when developing portions of their land.

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