Photo by Janice F. Booth
Maryland farmers staged a “tractorcade” in the state capital Tuesday to rally in support of Senate Bill 391, which would repeal a 2012 law designed to reduce the growth of septic systems in the state. The parade of tractors and other farm equipment, many bearing signs such as “Septic Bill 236 belongs in a manure spreader,” wound its way past the state house in Annapolis. Above, Joe Kuhn of Woodbine drives his 1950 Farmall by the state house. At left, Katie Shaffer reflects the sentiments of many farmers in the tractorcade, who believe the law infringes on their property rights, including their ability to sell property to potential developers. The septic bill creates a four-tiered system limiting where residential subdivisions on septic systems can be built.