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Delegates applaud governor-elect; Hogan promises support for Md. ag
By SEAN CLOUGHERTY
OCEAN CITY, Md. (Dec. 16, 2014) — Gov.-elect Larry Hogan last week pledged “a brand new day for Maryland agriculture” when he takes office next month.
Speaking to hundreds of the state’s farmers at the Maryland Farm Bureau’s 99th annual convention, Hogan thanked them for the group’s endorsement and support on the campaign trail and promised he would support them as governor.
“Maryland’s farmers stood by me, and I will stand by you and stand up and fight for you,” he said.
Pausing 12 times for applause from the crowd and receiving two standing ovations, Hogan pledged to end what he called the “war on rural Maryland” with the first action in stopping the implementation of the Phosphorus Management Tool.
“As your new governor, I am going to do everything I possibly can to make sure these ill-conceived regulations are never implemented as they are currently written,” Hogan said. “We will not allow them to put you out of business, destroy your way of life or decimate your entire industry.”
Hogan said he, like farmers and watermen in the state, is not opposed to reasonable regulations but “these regulations must be grounded in science, they must strike a balance, they must take into effect real economic impact and they must only be made with all of the stakeholders sitting at the table.”
Before Hogan left the ballroom to pose for photos with a group excited farmers and supporters, Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry told him plans are in the works to get him a gold-painted pitchfork to keep in his office in Annapolis.
Hogan’s reply? “We’re going to need it.”