Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture

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:
  1. ​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;
  2. Develop an annual, coordinated intergovernmental plan for services and functions dealing with the agricultural affairs of the State;
  3. Develop procedures for identifying and assessing agricultural developments with a potential for impact on the State and on local governments;
  4. Develop and implement a consistent, systematic method for the coordination of the State's agricultural economic development activities;
  5. Develop and implement specific and measurable actions to improve the economic and regulatory climate for agriculture in the State;
  6. 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; AND
  7. 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.

Members (Ex Officio)​ ​ ​
Member Departments​​Secretary​​ Designee
Department of Agriculture​
​Kevin Atticks
Steve Connelly
Department of Commerce​​Kevin Anderson
Ulyana Desiderio 
​Department of​ the Environment​Serena Mcllwain
​Suzanne Dorsey
​Department of Health
​Laura Herrera Scott
Department of Natural Resources​​Josh Kurtz
Department of Planning​​Rebecca Flora
​Debbie Herr-Cornwal
​University of Maryland
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
​Dr. Craig Beyrouty​Darren Jarboe 

​Member Organizations​​​​​ ​
​Member OrganizationsMember
​Maryland Agricultural Commission
Kelly Lewis 
​Maryland Association of County Health Officials
Craig Umbel​
​Maryland Association of County Planning Officials
​MARBIDCO​​Steve McHenry
​Maryland Association of Counties​Vacant 
​Maryland Farm BureauVacant 
Maryland Municipal League​Vacant
Rural Maryland Council​

​General Public Members​​​ ​
Organization Member
​Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation​Susanne Richards
​Horizon Farm Credit
​Garrett County Maryland Economic DevelopmentVacant 
​Washington County Department of Business DevelopmentVacant 
​Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation​Vacant 
​Perdue Farms Inc.            



Annual Reports:

  2017 2015

​​​Primary Contact

Rachel Jones
Director of Legislation & Government Relations
Phone: (410) 841-5886
Email: rachel.jones2@maryland.gov

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