WESTMINSTER — Protection of property rights and consistent control of pesticides are priorities for county farmers.
The board of directors of the Carroll County Farm Bureau voted Wednesday to add the issues to its list of legislative resolutions that will be voted on this month.
President C. William Knill of Mount Airy said farmers will vote on 10 county, five state and six national resolutions at their annual meeting Oct. 22 at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall.
The county resolutions that win support at the annual meeting will be sent to the county commissioners. State and national resolutions that are approved will be passed to the Maryland Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The board voted to add state and national resolutions supporting strong personal property rights.
Board member Edwin E. Rash of Eldersburg said farmers must fight to maintain their right to do what they want with their property because of increased regulation.
The government has tried to take away property rights through 2020 legislation, a controversial growth-management plan, and wetlands regulations, Rash said.
The board also added a national resolution seeking to have the regulation and use of pesticides and herbicides returned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agriculture departments.
David L. Greene, interim county extension service director, said a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave precedence to local government regulations. The use of the chemicals should be uniformly regulated, he said.
Farmers also will vote on resolutions to support farmers markets, farmland preservation, impact fees, a county transfer tax and recycling efforts.
A delegation of about 550 Carroll farmers is expected to attend the annual state convention in Ocean City Dec. 8 to 11, said Jean Knill, county information director.
In other business Wednesday, Greene announced a seminar on estate planning for farm families, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.
Specialists from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties will talk about writing wills, reducing estate taxes and transferring property.
The seminar will be at the Mount Airy Fireman's Activity Center at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.