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Maryland Farm Bureau Members Give State of Ag Briefing to House Committee

Maryland Farm Bureau Members Give State of Ag Briefing to House Committee

 

Organization leaders inform lawmakers about current state ag issues  

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (Jan. 31, 2023) — Last week, Maryland Farm Bureau directors and members spoke on behalf of MDFB and other state agriculture groups to prepare Maryland’s House Environment and Transportation (E&T) Committee for the General Assembly. Kevin Atticks, MDFB member and Grow & Fortify founder, gave a Department of Agriculture update as the incoming Secretary of Agriculture for the Moore-Miller Administration. Jamie Tiralla, of Prince Frederick, Maryland, represented Maryland Farm Bureau’s district 3, and spoke on the significance of wildlife damage, ag preservation and agricultural education.

 

“Most Marylanders didn’t grow up on farms — myself included — so there is a great need to get even basic information in the schools about where our food comes from and how it’s grown,” said Tiralla. “Ag is the number one commercial industry in our state, and most Marylanders would be surprised by that. We need to support proper programs and compensation for teachers who lead this charge, such as FFA leaders who make extracurricular ag activities possible.”

 

In addition to Tiralla and Atticks, the following MDFB members represented these respective groups as organization leaders in the State of Agriculture briefing:

 

      Justin Brendel – Maryland Grain Producers Association

      Steve Black – Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse Association

      Far Nasir – Delmarva Chicken Association

      Richard Francis (aka “Farmer Chippy”) – urban agriculture

 

To see the entire 2023 State of Agriculture E&T committee discussion, visit

https://bit.ly/StateofAgBriefing.

 

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MARYLAND FARM BUREAU®, INC. is a 501(c)(5) federation that serves as the united voice of Maryland farm families. Our organizational strength comes from the active participation of over 9,500 individual and family members who belong to the state’s 23 local county Farm Bureau organizations. Since 1915, Maryland Farm Bureau has been committed to protecting and growing agriculture and preserving rural life. Maryland Farm Bureau is a proud member of the American Farm Bureau® Federation. For more information, visit MarylandFB.org.

 

Media Contact:

Amber Pearson | Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc. (TSN Communications)

573.268.6853 | amber@tsncommunications.com

  

GOVERNOR-ELECT WES MOORE ANNOUNCES LONGTIME MARYLAND FARM BUREAU MEMBER AS MARYLAND SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

Governor-Elect Wes Moore Announces Longtime Maryland Farm Bureau Member as MarylanD Secretary of Agriculture

Maryland Farm Bureau congratulates longtime member Kevin Atticks on his appointment as MD Secretary of Agriculture by incoming Governor Wes Moore. Atticks manages producer groups such as Maryland Wineries Association through Grow and Fortify. We thank Governor Moore for selecting such a qualified professional of Maryland’s ag and farming community. 

“Governor Moore has chosen an individual whose career has melded an understanding of value-added start-ups in food and agriculture to the needs of well-established farm families throughout the state,” said Wayne Stafford, MDFB president. “He will be an asset to guide the growth of Maryland agriculture.”

For more on Atticks’s background and transitioning roles, visit Grow & Fortify

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3IVhx9K.

 

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