Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture

​​Official Name:Governor’s Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture

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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)​ ​ ​
Member Departments​​ Secretary​​ Designee
Department of Agriculture​
​Joseph Bartenfelder (CHAIR) ​Julie Oberg
Department of Commerce​ ​Kelly M. Schulz
​Ewing McDowell
​Department of​ the Environment ​Ben Grumbles ​Suzanne Dorsey
​Department of Health ​Robert R. Neall ​Kirk Engle
Department of Natural Resources​ ​Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio ​Dan Rider
Department of Planning​ ​Robert S. McCord ​Pat Keller
​University of Maryland
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
​Dr. Craig Beyrouty ​Dave Myers
 
​Member Organizations​​​​​ ​
​Member Organizations Member
​Maryland Agricultural Commission ​Talmage Petty
​Maryland Association of County Health Officials ​Rodney Glotfelty
​Maryland Association of County Planning Officials ​Amy Moredock
​MARBIDCO​ ​Steve McHenry
​Maryland Association of Counties ​Laura Price
​Maryland Farm Bureau ​Howie Feaga
Maryland Municipal League​ ​Mayor James McCarron
Rural Maryland Council​ ​Erroll Mattox
 

​General Public Members​​​ ​
Organization Member
​Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation ​George Mayo
​Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit ​Kurt Fuchs
​Garrett County Maryland Economic Development ​Cheryl DeBerry
​Washington County Department of Business Development ​Leslie Hart
​Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation ​Lisa Barge
​Perdue Farms Inc.             ​Kathryn Danko
​Patricia Langenfelder
​Dr. Mortimer Hugh Neufville
​Thomas Skilton​
​Kathy Abt​
 



Primary Contact for the Public:

Cassie Shirk
Director of Legislation & Government Relations
Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-5886
cassie.shirk@maryland.gov

Entity's Meeting Schedule:

The Commission meets approximately twice a year.


Meeting Materials:

Annual Reports
2018

2017
2015
2014​
2012
2009
2008
2007

February 2018
​Joint meeting with Maryland Agricultural Commission
GICA-Feb18-MAEF-Presentation.pdfMaryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF), presentation by George Mayo, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation,Executive Director,.
GICA-Feb18-My-Maryland-Farmers-Presentation.pdfMy Maryland Farmers - Preaching Outside the Choir, presentation by Laurie Adelhart

September 2017
Agenda
The Future of Sustainable Farming & Forestry in Maryland, presentation by Joe Tassone, Maryland Depart. of Planning, Program Manager of Geospatial Data. 

December 2015
Minutes from Oct. 23, 2014 Meeting
Food Safety Modernization Act​, presentation by Dept. of Agriculture Food Quality Assurance
On Farming Here We Go​, presentation by Dept. of Health & Mentaly Hygiene
 Aquacultre is Farming, opinion editorial by Del. O'Donnell and Sen. Klausmeier

October 2014

October 2013


October 2011

June 2011

October 2010

July 2010
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