The Future of Sustainable Farming and Forestry in Maryland

Forestry, Sustainable Agriculture

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Gregory Bowen Land Stewardship Solutions, Joseph Tassone Maryland Department of Planning, James Baird American Farmland Trust


In June 2014, The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, affiliated with the University of Maryland, commissioned the authors to study possible sustainable futures for Maryland farming and forestry over the coming decades. Of particular interest to the Center were effects of policies recently enacted as part of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration and smart growth initiatives, respectively. Specific policies of interest included the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; nutrient management regulations; the phosphorus management tool; the Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Act of 1992; the 1997 Priority Funding Areas Act; the Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006; and the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Land Preservation Act of 2012.

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