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Agriculture

America depends on our farms for food, clothing, and thousands of jobs.  They are small family businesses that make up the economic and cultural backbone of Maryland’s First Congressional District. As a Senator in the Maryland General Assembly, I helped promote and protect Maryland agriculture and poultry.  I continue to do the same in the halls of Congress.

Farmers must be protected from unnecessary and harmful federal regulations that could hurt their ability to grow and create jobs. The estate tax must be eliminated because families should be able to pass farms down to the next generation without penalty.  Private property rights have to be upheld – farmers should not be subjected to harmful land use laws that devalue their property and make it more difficult to do business.

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October 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the approval of a $600,000 USDA loan to Talbot County to finance critical repairs at the Region II Wastewater Treatment Plant.  According to USDA “The ability to completely dry the sludge will result in increased processing efficiency at the plant and eliminate the need to have the unprocessed sludge sent off-site for treatment, which resulted in additional costs for hauling and disposal.”

September 28, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Beer Institute announced United States Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) as one of its “2021 Beer Champions.” The Beer Institute recognized Harris for his leadership in Congress to ensure the Dietary Guidelines for Americans continue to base its recommendations on the preponderance of scientific evidence.

June 28, 2021 In The News

Delmarva Chicken Association recently presented awards to four people – Rep. Andy Harris, Dr. Steve Fitz-Coy, Kurt Fuchs, and Jim Passwaters – whose work and advocacy spanning many years have been crucial to the success of Delmarva’s chicken community...

June 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., issued the following statement after the Biden Administration, led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced formal plans to again redefine the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act:

October 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of $344,981 in federal grants to four recipients on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Funds were awarded by the U.S.

January 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced his support of the new “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Under President Obama, the EPA had sought to change regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act to expand federal jurisdiction from navigable waters to include wetlands, farm watering ponds, and roadside and farm ditches that contain water only in response to rainfall. 

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced more than $270,000 in awards through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development.

August 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced $69,102 in awards through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development. The following businesses and farmers received awards on the Eastern Shore of Maryland: Choptank Corner LLC, in Cambridge, James B. Quinn, in Kennedyville, Rice’s Inc. in Salisbury, Smartech Electrical Inc, in Chestertown, Williamson Farms LLC, in Mardela Springs, and Wilson Farm, in East New Market.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 23rd, Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced an award of $468,500 for the Farm-Fish-Food Program of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, Inc.  The grant is provided by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Farm-Fish-Food Program intends to invest funds in eastern and southern Maryland to address agriculture, aquaculture, and environmental challenges.

July 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On July 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act for 2019. Included in this legislation is an amendment to authorize the planting of genetically-modified (GMO) seed on National Wildlife Refuge land. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement in support of this amendment: