Pesticide Advisory Committee

Official Name: Pesticide Advisory Committee

Statutory Authority: Executive Order 01.01.2003.49​

Entity’s Vision and Mission: Pesticides play an important role in the production of agricultural commodities and in the protection of human and animal health and property. To ensure pesticides are handled properly, an effective pesticide regulatory program is necessary to ensure proper pesticide management to safeguard human health, protect environmental resources, including the Chesapeake Bay, and promote profitable agricultural production

Primary Function:

(1) Make recommendations to the Secretary for changes in law or regulation to improve pesticide management in the State;

(2) Provide advice to the Secretary on issues concerning the registration, sales, use, storage and disposal of pesticides, the certification and training of pesticide applicators, the licensing of pest control businesses and the protection of farmworkers, endangered species and water resources;

(3) After having consulted with the Secretary, provide advice to other State agencies and local governments concerning their responsibilities in pesticide management and protection human health, natural resources and the environment; and

(4) Generally serve in an advisory capacity to the Secretary, Department Officials, and other State agencies on pesticide related matters.

Pesticide Advisory Committee Members (15 Members):

Lindsay Thompson, Policy Director for Maryland Agricultural Associates.

Dean Graves received a Turf Management Degree from Penn State University and a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Management with a minor in Plant Sciences from the University of Delaware. He has experience and expertise in turf management.
Marcie Hardin, Graduate Entomologist and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist for the Howard County Public School System.

Kevin Conroy, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Plant Industries & Pest Management, Representing the Secretary of Agriculture.

Senator J. B. Jennings, Represent the Maryland Senate

Dr. Richard Kramer, PhD., in Urban Entomology, with expertise in medical and urban entomology.

Frederick W. Kutz, Chairman, Pesticide Advisory Committee, Retired EPA Environmental Scientist and consultant with experience and expertise in public health and environmental research, monitoring and assessment.

Dr. Clifford Mitchell, M.S., M.D., M.P.H., Representing the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

David Myers, Appointed by and representing the University System of Maryland. B.S. Degree in Agronomy, Crop Science and M.S. Degree in Agronomy, Weed Science from the University of Maryland. His areas of expertise are fruits, Agronomy, Weed Science, IPM, Forages, Vegetables, Field Crops and Livestock.

State Delegate Charles J. Otto, Representing the Maryland House of Delegate

Thomas Pheiffer, retired EPA employee with experience and expertise in water resources management, soils, weed science, water quality and biological assessment of streams

Henry Schmidt, Representing the Maryland Agricultural Commission. He is a lifelong farmer.

Donald VanHassent, Representing the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. He has a B.S. Degree in Forest Utilization.

Contact for Public

Rob Hofstetter
Program Manager

Department of Agriculture
Pesticide Regulation Section
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-841-5710


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