Delegates from about 23 county Farm Bureau organizations attended the 104th annual Maryland Farm Bureau meeting to vote on several issues including rural broadband, commercial solar, and agricultural education in the Kirwan Commission.
County delegates voted in favor of allowing utility cooperatives to apply for grants that would expand broadband service to rural areas that are underserved, according to the news release.
On the topic of commercial solar, delegates were against commercial solar energy facilities being built on “prime and productive farmland, specifically priority preservation areas,” according to the release.
The release states that the Maryland Farm Bureau has two representatives on Gov. Larry Hogan’s Renewable Energy Development Task Force. These representatives are developing recommendations for wind and solar energy siting projects.
Delegates also opposed the cost of the Kirwan Commission and the Commission’s lack of agricultural education improvements.
According to the release, delegates reiterated their support for more funding for agricultural education and career technology education programming for pre-K through 12th grade.
Other topics were discussed and voted on, including local food procurement and pesticide stewardship.