In Session – Agriculture

Agriculture

Oysters, Striped Bass, and Crabs – Commercial Authorizations – Suspensions and Revocations

SB0317 (HB0725)
Sponsored by: Senator Bailey

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Synopsis

Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from revoking a person’s authorization to catch oysters, striped bass, or crabs unless the person has been convicted of or entered an accepted plea of nolo contendere to a certain crime; altering and establishing certain procedures for the suspension or revocation of an authorization to catch oysters, striped bass, or crabs; and authorizing the Department to reinstate a certain authorization under certain circumstances.

Agriculture

Agriculture – Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Mechanism Grant Program – Expansion

SB0311
Sponsored by: Senator West

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Synopsis

Expanding the Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Mechanism Grant Program by making qualified nonprofit organizations that operate a farm or community garden that is on at least 250 acres, grows between 2,000,000 and 3,000,000 pounds of produce annually, supplies agricultural food products to the State’s food banks and emergency food providers at no cost, and is conserved in a land conservation program eligible for grant funding; and establishing the Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Operating Fund.

Agriculture

Aquaculture – Placement of Shellfish, Bags, Nets, and Structures on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation – Extension

SB0301
Sponsored by: Chair, Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee (By Request – Departmental – Natural Resources)

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Synopsis

Extending to June 30, 2027, the authorization of a leaseholder of certain aquaculture leases to, with prior written approval from the Department of Natural Resources, place shellfish, bags, nets, and structures on submerged aquatic vegetation, subject to certain requirements; and requiring, on or before June 1, 2025, and each June 1 for the next 2 years thereafter, the Department to report certain information to the Aquaculture Coordinating Council, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and the General Assembly.

Agriculture

Shellfish Aquaculture – Harvest Hours

SB0879 (HB0857)
Sponsored by: Delegate D. Jones

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Synopsis

Repealing a restriction which prohibited the harvesting of shellfish between the hours of sunset and sunrise from certain areas leased for aquaculture; and requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish by regulation the hours for harvesting shellfish within leased areas.

Agriculture

Natural Resources – Recreational Catching of Oysters or Clams – Requirements

(HB0613)
Sponsored by: Delegate Boyce

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Synopsis

Altering certain authorizations to recreationally catch clams in the State; establishing a recreational oyster license; requiring the Department of Natural Resources to develop and publish an application form for obtaining a recreational oyster license; requiring an applicant for a recreational oyster license to be at least 16 years of age; establishing requirements for the application for and issuance of a recreational oyster license; authorizing the Department to designate a certain agent to sell a recreational oyster license; etc.

Agriculture

Agriculture – Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens in Commercial Egg Production – Prohibitions

SB0193 (HB0357)
Sponsored by: Delegates TerrasaLehmanAllenBagnallCardinEmbryFairFeldmarkFoleyHolmesJ. LongMcCaskillPalakovich CarrPattersonPena-MelnykRosenbergRuthSolomonSteinStewartWellsWilkins, and Wu

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Synopsis

Prohibiting a certain farm owner or operator from knowingly confining egg-laying hens in an enclosure in a certain manner, subject to certain exceptions, on and after January 1, 2026; prohibiting a business owner or operator or a farm owner or operator from selling shell eggs or egg products under certain circumstances on and after January 1, 2026; and specifying that a certain certification be obtained in a certain manner to sell shell eggs and egg products.

Agriculture

Department of Agriculture – Licensing, Registration, Fees and Penalties, and Regulation

SB0278 (HB0234)
Sponsored by: Chair, Environment and Transportation Committee (By Request – Departmental – Agriculture)

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Synopsis

Altering and establishing renewal and reinstatement processes for horse establishment licenses; establishing certain duties and administrative penalties with respect to beekeeping activities; altering the administrative penalty structure for certain violations related to nutrient management plans; and altering the renewal process and fee structure for the registration of weights and measures.

Agriculture

Economic Development – Maryland Watermen’s Microloan Program – Eligibility

SB0032 (HB0120)
Sponsored by: Delegates T. MorganAddisonAllenBoyceJacobsLehmanJ. LongLove, and Ruth

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Synopsis

Expanding eligibility for the Maryland Watermen’s Microloan Program within the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation to include, starting July 1, 2025, individuals who are residents of the State and hold a commercial fishing license to catch finfish, crabs, clams, or oysters issued by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission; and repealing a requirement that a loan made under the Program be at least $7,000 and not more than $15,000.