Late last week, Maryland's Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council sent three recommendations to Governor Martin O'Malley. The council is charged with developing recommendations for the Governor on ways to improve the economic viability of Maryland's struggling dairy sector.
The recommendations are:
- Fully fund the Maryland Dairy Farmer Emergency Trust Fund as soon as it's fiscally possible;
- Establish uniform gross weight limit rules for raw milk haulers on state and federal highways;
- Not allow the sale of raw milk in the state.
The last proposal addresses the growing national controversy, and flies counter to the groundswell occurring in other Northeast states. For more on the raw milk issue, see November's American Agriculturist.