Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture Fact Sheet

Official Name: Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture  
 
Authority:
Executive Order 06.29.2006
 
Entity's Vision and Mission:

The Commission shall work to promote the economic profitability of agriculture in the State by ensuring that all appropriate State agencies work in a cooperative, coordinated manner with local government and industry groups in planning, implementing, overseeing and evaluating intergovernmental initiatives related to agricultural affairs of the State.  
 
Primary Responsibilities:

(a) Promote a clear and consistent business-friendly climate for agriculture in the State by serving as a liaison between the Governor and local governments and industry organizations;
(b) Develop an annual, coordinated intergovernmental plan for services and functions dealing with the agricultural affairs of the State;
(c) Develop procedures for identifying and assessing agricultural developments with a potential for impact on the State and on local governments, and for
(d) Develop and implement a consistent, systematic method for the coordination of the State's agricultural economic development activities;
(e) Develop and implement specific and measurable actions to improve the economic and regulatory climate for agriculture in the State;
(f) Make recommendations for programs and policies, if appropriate, in order to ensure that the needs and goals of the State's agricultural strategy are met and accomplished;
(g) Undertake the establishment of an "agricultural affairs information center" that serves as the first point of contact regarding agricultural issues impacting farmers in the State.

Entity's members:

Members (Ex Officio)
Group Representing
Sec. Earl F. Hance (CHAIR) Maryland Department of Agriculture
Sec. Bob Summers
Maryland Department of the Environment
Sec. Joshua Sharfstein  Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Sec. Joe Gill

Sec. Richard E. Hall

Sec. Dominic Murray


Members

Cheryl D. DeBerry
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland Department of Planning

Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development



Western Maryland; Ag Specialist, Garrett County
Faith Elliott-Rossing Director, Queen Anne's County Dept of Economic Development & Agriculture
Tom Hartsock Maryland Agricultural Commission
Rodney Glotfelty Maryland Association of County Health Officials
Sarah O'Herron MARBIDCO
Robin Frazier Maryland Association of Counties
George Mayo Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation
James L. McCarron, Jr. Maryland Municipal League
Pamela Saul

Erroll Mattox
Maryland Horse Industry Board

Rural Maryland Council
Vacant Maryland Association of County Planning Officials
Jim Steele Maryland Farm Bureau
Dr. Cheng-i Wei UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Shelby Watson General Public
Kurt Fuchs

Charles Rice

Leslie Hart

Colby Ferguson
General Public

General Public

General Public

General Public

State Agency Deligates
Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting Maryland Department of Agriculture
Jeff Fretwell Maryland Department of Environment
Lisa Staley Maryland Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
Emily Wilson Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
Mindie Burgoyne Maryland Dept. of Business & Economic Dev.
Daniel Rosen Maryland Dept. of Planning
Dave Myers College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
 
Primary Contact for the Public:
Joanna Kille
Director of Government Relations
Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-5886
joanna.kille@maryland.gov

Entity's Meeting Schedule:

The Commission meets approximately twice a year.

MEETING MATERIALS
Annual Reports  

October 24, 2011

June 21, 2011

October 29, 2010

July 22, 2010