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MD’s Hogan vows to fight farm pollution rules


December 9, 2014, Baltimore, MD – Gov.-elect Larry Hogan promised Maryland farmers that his “first fight” in office would be against costly new farm pollution regulations, even as environmental groups released new data showing many Eastern Shore chicken farms could be fouling the Chesapeake Bay.

Speaking to the Maryland Farm Bureau’s annual convention in Ocean City, Hogan indicated he would weaken or reverse controversial rules proposed last month by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration. The rules, which could take effect just before Hogan takes office Jan. 21, would curtail Shore farmers’ widespread use of poultry manure as fertilizer. READ MORE