While I was the Mayor of Delmar, I took off of work to testify in Annapolis against a bill that would have levied a tax on every biddy in a chicken house. Some questioned why a Mayor of a town with zero farmland would support agriculture to that extent.
First, and most importantly, it was the right thing to do. Second, agriculture is the lifeblood of the Eastern Shore economy. All of our towns and counties would face an unimaginable catastrophic economic collapse if the jobs and revenues from farming were to suddenly disappear. Our local farmers don’t just grow corn, soybeans, and chickens. They also eat at our restaurants, shop at our grocery stores, purchase equipment, etc… Finally, our farmers believe in our community. From Arthur W. Perdue Stadium to the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University to the Blessing of the Combines, farmers in our area are involved and a vital part of who we are as a community. I will continue to protect our Shore way of life and that includes agriculture.