April 30, 2020

Van Hollen Joins Tele-Conference with Members of Eastern Shore Agriculture Community

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke to members of the Eastern Shore agriculture community to discuss issues surrounding the coronavirus, including CDC testing, economic concerns, and future relief packages. The call, organized by the Worcester County Economic Development Office, included participants from the Delmarva Poultry Industry, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, University of Maryland, Maryland Farm Bureau, and Small Business Development Center. 

“The coronavirus has created unprecedented challenges across our country – and the agriculture community has not been spared. From steep declines in the consumer demand for certain products to supply chain challenges, many of our farmers are facing dire economic circumstances. We must ensure that our vital agricultural sector, which is a key economic engine for Maryland, has the support it needs to continue putting food on the table for American families. Today’s call was a chance for me to hear directly about what’s working and what more is needed. I’m glad that Congress took a step forward in the CARES Act to devote more resources to farmers, and I appreciate the guidance I received about what additional measures should be included in any future federal legislation. I will continue to fight for provisions that help our farmers weather this storm,” said Senator Van Hollen.