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Lt. Gov. Brown Talks Agriculture at SU Visit

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SALISBURY, Md. - Along his campaign trail through Maryland, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown made a stop in Salisbury to speak to students at Salisbury University.

Three weeks before election night, Brown was a guest of SU's Institute for Public Affairs and Civil Engagements.  For about a half hour, Brown answered pre-submitted questions from the student body on hand.  After talking with students, Brown was asked to respond to recent comments made by Perdue Farms CEO, Jim Perdue.

Perdue said at a recent Maryland Chamber of Commerce meeting, quote, "The problem is, we have no seat at the table in Maryland."  Perdue wishes the poultry and agriculture industry had more of a say in the regulations that are put in place in Annapolis.  Lt. Gov. Brown had a response. 

"My short response is that Mr. Perdue, I will personally invite him to have a seat at the table because I believe he ought to have a seat at the table because he is a large employer on the Eastern Shore in a very important industry," Brown said.

The phosphorus management tool is a regulation poultry and the agriculture industry wish to have more of a say in.  Brown's opponent, Larry Hogan, was unable to attend the event at Salisbury University, but told WBOC, "The Hogan-Rutherford administration will focus on building a mutually beneficial relationship between the state and our farmers that protects these industries as well as our precious environment."

After speaking with Lt. Gov. Brown this morning, WBOC reached out to Jim Perdue for his response.  Speaking on behalf of agriculture, Perdue said, "we would welcome the invitation."

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