2021 Legislation

​​Every year during the Legislative Session, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) follows many bills that may impact the agency, agriculture, and its constituents​.

If the department provides written testimony for any bill, that testimony will be posted below after the hearing, if not sooner. To read individual bills, fiscal notes, and to obtain complete information about hearings and voting sessions, visit the Maryland General Assembly​​ ​Website.​​​

Departmental Bills​

A summary of MDA's 2021 departmental bills can be found here​.

SB 344 - Agriculture - Cost-Sharing Program - State Cost-Sharing Funds
Jan. 14, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 352​​ - Agriculture - Multiflora Rose Management - Repeal
Jan. 14, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

​​​Bill Testimony

Any testimony that the department submits for or against a bill this legislative session will be posted below on or shortly after the day of the hearing on that bill.
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HB 92​ - Procurement - Invasive and Nonnative Plant Species - Prohibition on Use of State Funds
Jan. 28, 2021
Committee: House Health and Government Operations​

HB 146 - Department of Agriculture - Spay/Neuter Fund - Extension and Fee on Commercial Feed
Jan. 29, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 208 - Agriculture - Neonicotinoid Pesticides - Sale and Storage
Jan. 29, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 232 - Maryland Agricultural Commission - Hemp Industry Member
Jan. 15, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 249 - Agriculture - License to Produce Hemp - Limitation
Jan. 20, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
Legislative Comment​

HB 269 - Department of Agriculture - Urban Agriculture Grant Program
Jan. 15, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 455 - Agriculture - Processing of Poultry Litter for Alternative Use
Feb. 3, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 472 - Agriculture - Use of Glyphosate - Prohibition
Feb. 3, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
Legislative Comment

HB 583 - Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021
Feb. 11, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
Legislative Comment

HB 752 - Income Tax Credit - Food Donation Pilot Program - Extension
Feb. 11, 2021
Committee: House Ways and Means

HB 801 - Calvert County - Public Safety - Buildings Used for Agritourism
March 5, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 815 - Income Tax Credit - Food Donation Pilot Program - Extension
Feb. 23, 2021
Committee: House Ways and Means

HB 860 - State Planning - Preservation of Agricultural Land - Goal​
Feb. 17, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 1025 - Pesticides - Carbofuran - Collection, Disposal, and Prohibition on Possession or Storage
Feb. 24, 2021
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HJ 1 - Natural Resources - Fishing - Wild-Caught Blue Catfish
Feb. 22, 2021
Committee: Rules and Executive Nominations

SB 375 - Agriculture - Neonicotinoid Pesticides - Sale and Storage
Feb. 10, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​

SB 414 - Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021
Jan. 28, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 539​ - Income Tax Credit - Food Donation Pilot Program - Extension
Feb. 3, 2021
Committee: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee

SB 585 - Agriculture - Processing of Poultry Litter for Alternative Use
Feb. 24, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​​

SB 616 - Baltimore City - Soil Conservation District - Authority to Establish
Feb. 24, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​

SB 673 - Department of Agriculture - Urban Agriculture Grant Program
Feb. 24, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​

SB 692 - State Planning - Preservation of Agricultural Land - Goal
Feb. 24, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​
Legislative Comment

SB 737 - Comprehensive Conservation Finance Act
March 5, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​​

SJ 4 - Natural Resources - Fishing - Wild-Caught Blue Catfish
Jan. 21, 2021
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs




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Cassie Shirk
Director of Legislation & Government Relations
50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-5886

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