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***MD - ACTION ALERT***

A bill legalizing cow shares is in the Health and Government Operations Committee


Delegate JB Jenning's bill, HB1080, legalizing cow shares, is in committee right now.  Your calls matter more than you would believe!!  Please contact the committee members immediately to express your support of HB1080.

Background:  In April 2006, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene changed Maryland regulations to redefine a cow share as a sale of raw milk, specifically to make cow shares illegal. Until then, cow shares were a good means for Maryland consumers to obtain raw milk from their own dairy animals. We have been working for the past two years to regain access to raw milk in Maryland.  Recognizing the right to contract with farmers in a cow share is a great first step.  When this bill passes, we will once again have the choice of getting our fresh milk in Maryland by engaging with farmers to keep and care for our dairy animals.

ACTIONS:

1. Call, email, or fax the members of the House Health and Government Operations Committee and ask them to SUPPORT cow share bill HB1080 (contact info below) When you call or write, please emphasize that you'd like the choice to be able to obtain your milk from within state.  Please also emphasize the business that you are taking to other states.

2. Call and email or fax Delegate JB Jennings and thank him for sponsoring the legislation [email protected]  (301) 858-3698

You can use the wording below as a guide for your email  (please add your own words expressing why you care about access to fresh milk with a focus on choice and economics)

"I support HB1080, introduced by Del. JB Jennings. Please vote FOR HB1080.  I support the right of farmers and consumers to engage in contract.  The passage of this legislation will create untold economic opportunity for Maryland farmers.  Thank you for your support."

Link for HB1080: http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/billfile/hb1080.htm

Benson, Joanne C.    p (410)841-3692,    f (410)841-3442
Bromwell, Eric M.    p (410)841-3766,    f (410)841-3850
Costa, Robert A.    p (410)841-3551     f (410)841-3549
Donoghue, John P.    p (410)841-3125     f (410)841-3414
Elliott, Donald B.    p (410)841-3118     f (410)841-3349
Hammen, Peter A.    p (410)841-3772     f (410)841-3505
Hubbard, James W.    p (410)841-3103     f (410)841-3234
Kach, A. Wade    p (410)841-3359     f (410)841-3850
Kipke, Nicholaus R.    p (410)841-3421     f (410)841-3553
Krebs, Susan    p (410)-841-3200 f (410) 3028
Kullen, Sue    p (410)841-3231     f (410)841-3335
McDonough, Patrick L.    p (410)841-3334     f (410)841-3598
Montgomery, Karen S.    p (410)841-3110     f (410)841-3053
Morhaim, Dan K.    p (410)841-3054     f (410)841-3385
Nathan-Pulliam, Shirley    p (410)841-3358     f (410)841-3850
Oaks, Nathaniel T.    p (410)841-3283     f (410)841-3244
Peña-Melnyk, Joseline A.    p (410)841-3502     f (410)841-3342
Pendergrass, Shane E.    p (410)841-3139     f (410)841-3178
Reznik, Kirill    p (410)841-3039        f (410)841-3003
Riley, B. Daniel    p (410)841-3280    f non listed
Tarrant, Shawn Z.    p (410)841-3545     f non listed
Turner, Veronica L.    p (410)841-3212     f (410)841-3105
Weldon, Richard B., Jr.    p (410)841-3240     f (410)841-3308

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INFORMATION: Liz Reitzig 301-860-0535

Yours for food freedom,
Liz Reitzig, President
Maryland Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
[email protected]

Maryland Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade
that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.

 

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