Statutory Authority: '2-201-205 of the Maryland Annotated Code.
Entity's Vision and Mission: Formulate and make proposals for the advancement of Maryland agriculture by serving as an advisory body to the Secretary on matters pertaining to agriculture.
Primary Function: The Maryland Agriculture Commission is appointed by the Governor of Maryland and serves as an advisory body to the secretary and deputy secretary of agriculture. The commission consists of 30 members representing various commodities across Maryland, and includes both a consumer and a University of Maryland (ex officio) representative.
The commission currently pursues the following priorities and activities
Entity's members: Each member is appointed to a three-year term, and is eligible to serve two consecutive terms.
Entity's Meeting Schedule:
The Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month throughout the year, except during the months of April and October. The Commission conducts spring (April) and fall (October) farm tours.
The tours educate Commission members on the different types of agriculture operations in Maryland. In addition to the tours, the Commission sponsors a public meeting where local farmers, citizens and elected officials are given the opportunity to express their concerns about agriculture issues impacting the industry. All 23 counties host the Commission every five years.
Primary Contact for the Public: Jessica Armacost c/o Maryland Department of Agriculture 50 Harry Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD 21401Cell Phone: 443-883-0217Phone: 410-841-5882Jessica. Armacost@maryland.gov
Maryland Agricultural Commission Applications:
Maryland Agricultural Commission Application Packet (MS Word)
Maryland Agricultural Commission Application Packet (PDF)
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401