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Program Description

  Agricultural Services

OAG is responsible for the coordination of programs offered by its partner agencies, which are all co-located at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. These Federal, State, and local partners include University of Maryland-Extension, the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency. In addition to program coordination, the OAG serves in a variety of capacities to provide the following services: implement agricultural policies and programs; technical assistance to farmers; manage Agricultural Education programs; financial and staff support to our partner agencies; serve as a liaison between the Executive Branch and the agricultural community via the Agricultural Advisory, Agricultural Preservation, and Montgomery County Farm Bureau Boards; oversee the various land preservation programs; co-sponsor farmers' markets, an annual farm tour, and other activities that promote agricultural businesses and products; and provide mentoring and specialized business training programs.

Program Contacts

Contact Jeremy Criss of the Office of Agriculture at 240-590-2830 or Jane Mukira of the Office of Management and Budget at 240-777-2754 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Acres of land under easements inspected by Agricultural Services6,137 2,4292,4292,4292,429
Number of farm businesses assisted170325350350350

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved6403722.25
Decrease Cost: Reduce Operating Expenses -396650.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-179860.00
FY19 Recommended5827212.25