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Program Description

  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 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. Additionally, the 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 the University of Maryland-Extension, the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency.

Program Contacts

Contact Jacqueline Arnold of the Office of Agriculture at 301.590.2859 or Katherine Bryant-Higgins of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2764 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY21Actual FY22Estimated FY23Target FY24Target FY25
Technical assistance contacts with farmers 11,2412,1171,9001,9002,100
Acres of land under easements inspected by Agricultural Services1,0325,2925,2925,2925,292
Percent of easement acres under most restrictive easement disallowing development32%32%32%32%32%
Percent of participants who learned or benefitted from Agricultural Services event, training, or farm tour 2N/A100%100%100%100%
1  FY22 is higher than the FY23-FY24 projections because the fuel energy tax relief program applications are administered every two years. There are typically 200+ businesses.
2  Suspended in FY21 due to COVID-19.

Program Budget Changes

FY24 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved6513463.25
Shift: Migration of Expenses from the Capital Budget to the Operating Budget400000.00
Increase Cost: Three Percent Inflationary Adjustment to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts33940.00
Decrease Cost: Eliminate Part-Time Principle Administrative Aide Position-22744-0.25
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2596542.00
FY24 Approved9316505.00