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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 Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Technical assistance contacts with farmers7001,2411,0001,0001,000
Acres of land under easements inspected by Agricultural Services3,927.071,032.723,0003,0003,000
Percent of easement acres under most restrictive easement disallowing development24.4%32%33%34%25%
Percent of participants who learned or benefitted from Agricultural Services event, training, or farm tour 1100%N/A100%100%100%
1  Data for this measure not collected prior to FY20. OAG cancelled FY21 events due to the pandemic and therefore has no data for FY21.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved6131992.25
Add: Agricultural Business Development Specialist584791.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase for Non-Profit Service Providers55200.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-258520.00
FY23 Approved6513463.25