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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 technical assistance to farmers; manage agricultural education programs; provide 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. 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 University of Maryland-Extension, the Montgomery Soil Conservation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency.

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 FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Technical assistance contacts with farmers655700700700700
Acres of land under easements inspected by Agricultural Services6,0173,927.073,927.073,927.073,927.07
Percent of easement acres under most restrictive easement disallowing development31.7%24.4%24.4%24.4%24.4%
Percent of participants who learned or benefitted from Agricultural Services event, training, or farm tour 1N/A100%100%100%100%
1  Data for this measure not collected prior to FY20

Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved5853082.25
Increase Cost: MARBIDCO matching grants for farmers250000.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment7590.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.21320.00
FY22 Approved6131992.25