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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 FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Acres of land under easements inspected by Agricultural Services2,4293,6503,6503,6503,650
Number of farm businesses assisted325649390390390

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved5827212.25
Increase Cost: Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)150000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.128680.00
FY20 Approved6105892.25