Hearing for Maryland Cow Boarding Bill Scheduled for January 28, 2014

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, there will be a public hearing on bill HB 3 “Raw Milk/Consumer-Owned Livestock,” which would reintroduce Maryland citizens’ right to engage in cow boarding with dairy farmers in the state.

Delegates James Hubbard (D-23A) and Nic Kipke (R-31) introduced the bill in an effort to revive Maryland’s dairy industry. Currently, thousands of Maryland residents source farm-fresh milk from out of state. Cow boarding, or cow sharing, would allow these residents to legally purchase raw milk from local farms. 

“The dairy farmers in Maryland need our support,” says Delegate Hubbard. “We’ve lost over 225 dairy farms between 2002 and 2010. I hope to see our dairy farms thrive. I sponsored this legislation so that consumers can obtain fresh milk in Maryland and support our farmers…Because this is what consumers are seeking, having access to raw milk in Maryland would encourage local food and local retail sales, generate taxes, and the earned dollar would be encouraged to stay in the community and the state.”

In addition to the economic benefits for Maryland farmers, the passage of this bill would mark an important step in consumer rights and food freedom. 

To show your support for the bill, please consider attending.

January 28, 2014 1pm

House Office Building, Room 241

6 Bladen St, Annapolis, MD 21401

For more ways to show your support for the bill, click here.