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Mission Statement

The Office of Agriculture (OAG) was created in July 2016 and exists to promote agriculture as a viable component of the County's economic sector, as well as to preserve farmland as a resource for future agricultural production. The goal of the OAG is to promote Montgomery County as a leader in the agricultural industry by providing support to our farm community and working to educate our residents.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Office of Agriculture is $1,065,396, an increase of $46,531 or 4.57 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $1,018,865. Personnel Costs comprise 67.19 percent of the budget for ten full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 5.15 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 32.81 percent of the FY23 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Growing Economy
  • A Greener County

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Initiatives

  • Funding provided for the addition of one new Agricultural Business Development Specialist position related to the County's Climate Action Plan. This position will help implement zero waste goals from farm composting, and promote farm to food bank initiatives and agritourism.
  • Funding provided for the addition of one new Senior Engineer position related to the County's Climate Action Plan and Water Quality Protection Plan initiatives. While assigned to the Office of Agriculture, this position will be funded through the Water Quality Protection Fund (WQPF).
  • The Office of Agriculture is working with members of the County's delegation on legislation that will expand on-farm composting opportunities by increasing the footprint for the composting area without a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
  • Continue to work with the Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS) to expand broadband/high speed internet access in rural areas of the County.
  • The Office of Agriculture (OAG) partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Sugarloaf Citizens Association to review the Association's agreement with the County seeking an amendment to the agreement that would allow smaller 20-yard dump trucks to deliver leaf grow to table food farmers that are working with the OAG that will improve soil health.
  • Montgomery County's Farm to Food Bank program, a partnership between the Montgomery County Food Security Task Force, the Department of Health and Human Services, Manna Food Center, the Montgomery County Food Council, the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation - has collectively invested and committed over $630,000 to support a sustained and resilient local food supply and provide more nutritious and culturally diverse produce to residents who experience hunger. Since July of 2020, over 112,235 pounds of fresh, locally produced food has been purchased or donated to over 30 food assistance providers, providing over 90,000 meals for the Montgomery County community.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Office of Agriculture is working with the Office of Technology Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS) to find a more efficient way to streamline its client intake process and data collection.

Program Descriptions

  Agricultural Services

The Office of Agriculture (OAG) serves in a variety of capacities to provide the following services: implement agricultural policies and programs; provide financial and technical assistance to farmers; manage agricultural education programs; provide financial and staff support to its partner agencies; serve as a liaison between the Executive Branch and...

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  Soil Conservation

This program is comprised of staff and other resources from Federal, State, and local Agricultural agencies. It provides technical and outreach educational assistance to farmers/rural landowners for implementing best management and conservation practices. The Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD) assists the County which is required to achieve the nationally mandated,...

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  University of Maryland-Extension (UMD-Extention)

The Montgomery County Extension Office serves as the agricultural outreach and education component of the University of Maryland. This agency is funded cooperatively through local, State, and Federal governments. Farmers, families, and youth are the primary audiences of the Extension Office. Educational programs for farmers include raising crops and livestock,...

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Program Contacts

Contact Jacqueline Arnold of the Office of Agriculture at 301.590.2859 or Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages466511.00528582.00 478178.00 574703.008.7
Employee Benefits141392.00146129.00 129551.00 141145.00-3.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs607903.00674711.00 607729.00 715848.006.1
Operating Expenses276051.00344154.00 344154.00 349548.001.6
County General Fund Expenditures883954.001018865.00 951883.00 1065396.004.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 10.0025.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs4.154.15 4.15 5.1524.1
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues20649.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental63064.0063064.00 63064.00 63064.000.0
County General Fund Revenues83713.0063064.00 63064.00 63064.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages2636.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2636.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures2636.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants2636.000.00 0.00 0.00
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2636.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures886590.001018865.00 951883.00 1065396.004.6
Total Full-Time Positions8.008.00 8.00 10.0025.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs4.154.15 4.15 5.1524.1
Total Revenues86349.0063064.00 63064.00 63064.000.0
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION10188654.15
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Agricultural Business Development Specialist [Agricultural Services]584791.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases103530.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment69950.00
Increase Cost: Six Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Agricultural Services]41400.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment11130.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment1410.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-60420.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-286480.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED10653965.15
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 REC
Expenditures
FY23 REC
FTEs
Agricultural Services6131992.256499663.25
Soil Conservation2484451.902587091.90
University of Maryland-Extension (UMD-Extention)1572210.001567210.00
Total10188654.1510653965.15
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
FY23
Total$
FY23
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
CIPCapital Fund2219592.252404032.25
Environmental ProtectionWater Quality Protection3473742.104492403.10
Total5693334.356896435.35
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended1065.0000001065.0000001065.0000001065.0000001065.0000001065.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY230.00000083.00000083.00000083.00000083.00000083.000000
New positions in the FY23 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000019.00000019.00000019.00000019.00000019.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1065.0000001167.0000001167.0000001167.0000001167.0000001167.000000