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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 FY21 Operating Budget for the Office of Agriculture is $1,001,611, a decrease of $4,761 or 0.47 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $1,006,372. Personnel Costs comprise 68.21 percent of the budget for eight full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 4.15 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 31.79 percent of the FY21 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

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

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Initiatives

  • Encouraging a "culture of yes" through a partnership with the Department of Permitting Services to formalize the Farm Alcohol Production process.

    This initiative provides additional opportunities for the expansion of agricultural enterprises and further emphasizes the value proposition of Montgomery County and articulates a pro-business message.

  • Securing a new source of funding ($2.7 Million Grant) to purchase additional agricultural preservation easements.

  • Continuation of commodity cover crop program in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Through a partnership with Department of Technology Services, the Office of Agriculture launched a new and improved website.

    The new website is more customer focused and provides better support for the local economy by making it easier for residents to locate Montgomery County made products and buy local.

Program Descriptions

  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....

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  Soil Conservation

The Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD) is a political subdivision of the State staffed by County, State, and Federal employees. Staff members assist farmers and agricultural landowners with resource conservation practices implemented on their land. The mission of the Soil Conservation District is to improve the quality of the...

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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 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.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages465770.00512205.00 474839.00 526493.002.8
Employee Benefits163197.00172884.00 169609.00 156723.00-9.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs628967.00685089.00 644448.00 683216.00-0.3
Operating Expenses288507.00321283.00 342938.00 318395.00-0.9
County General Fund Expenditures917474.001006372.00 987386.00 1001611.00-0.5
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs4.154.15 4.15 4.150.0
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues12401.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental60328.0097000.00 97000.00 97000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues72729.0097000.00 97000.00 97000.000.0
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment92170.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED92170.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Agricultural Services6105892.255950662.25
Soil Conservation2385621.902493241.90
University of Maryland-Extension (UMD-Extention)1572210.001572210.00
Total10063724.1510016114.15
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
FY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Environmental ProtectionWater Quality Protection3619022.103482012.10
CIPCapital Fund2227622.252291842.25
Total5846644.355773854.35
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended1002.0000001002.0000001002.0000001002.0000001002.0000001002.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000004.0000004.0000004.0000004.0000004.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1002.0000001005.0000001005.0000001005.0000001005.0000001005.000000