Federal Statutes and Legislation
United States Code - Title 7 Agriculture
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Session Laws and Legislation
- United States Farm Bills
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Maryland Agriculture Statutes
Maryland has made it a priority to protect the environment. Some examples of state agriculture statutes include:
- Maryland Annotated Code, Agriculture Article, Title 5 - Pesticide and Pest Control. Contains laws relating to the sale, use, and distribtution of pesticides, and laws relating to designation and control of animal or plant wildlife declared to be a pest.
- Maryland Annotated Code, Agriculture Article, Title 6 - Maryland Commercial Fertilizer Law. Contains laws relating to the sale, labeling, use, and distribtution of fertilizers and ebans selling and distribution of high phosphorus fertilizers.
Maryland Department of Legislative Services (DLS). The DLS conducts research and drafts legislation for members of the Maryland General Assembly. The DLS also provides fiscal, administrative, and technological support for state legislatures. In the course of its work, the DLS often prepares reports, studies, and fact sheets on issues pertaining to state environmental law policies and laws. These reports are frequently made available on the DLS web site.
Other State-Specific Agriculture Statutes are available from the Cornell Legal Information Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures on Agriculture and Rural Development .