O’Malley Appoints Commission Members, Advisory Board

May 3, 2013

Governor O’Malley Appoints New Members to Maryland Agricultural Commission, Young Farmers Advisory Board

Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed six new members to the Maryland Agricultural Commission, an advisory body comprised of representatives from different commodity groups who provide the Agriculture Secretary with information and recommendations on policies and issues facing the agriculture industry. Members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

There are currently 30 members of the commission, representing: poultry, dairy, livestock, nursery, horticulture, field crops, vegetables, veterinary medicine, Maryland State Grange, Maryland Farm Bureau, at large agriculture services, agri-business, turf, equine, consumers, organic farming, direct farm marketing, viticulture, agriculture education, tobacco, forestry, aquaculture, food processing, biofuels, and agri-tourism as well as the University System of Maryland.

Newly appointed members are:

• Representing the aquaculture industry: Talmage Petty, owner and operator of Hollywood Oyster Co. in St. Mary’s County. He replaces outgoing member Luke Breza.

• Representing the nursery industry: Karl Fisher, owner and operator of Wye Nursery, a wholesale evergreen nursery in Caroline County. He replaces outgoing member John Marshall.

• Representing the nursery industry: Marion Mullan, is the Vice President of Mullan Nursery, Co., Inc in Baltimore County, a 12-acre nursery that grows shade trees and brambles. She replaces outgoing member Jerome R. Faulring.

• Representing the food processing industry: Matt Cedro, a resident of Garrett County and director of operations for Firefly Farms. He replaces outgoing member Thomas A. Godfrey.

• Representing the field crops industry: Donald Maring, a third generation grain farmer from Carroll County. He replaces outgoing member Allen Davis.

• Representing the agritourism industry: Michael Dunn, owner and operator of Montpelier Farms in Prince George’s County. He replaces outgoing member Martha Clark.

For a complete listing of Commission members see: http://mda.maryland.gov/about_mda/Pages/md-ag-commission.aspx

Governor O’Malley has also appointed five new members to the Young Farmers Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from different commodity groups who provide the Agriculture Secretary with information and recommendations on policies and issues facing the agriculture industry. Members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

There are currently 12 members of the board, representing: poultry, nursery, horticulture, Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Forestry, Maryland Farm Bureau, viticulture, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, field crops, agritourism, urban agriculture, and agribusiness.

The five new members are:

• Representing the Maryland Farm Bureau and agri-tourism: Nora Crist, a resident of Howard County and manager of Clark’s Farm, which sells 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork, and eggs and grows the vegetables for the roadside produce stand. She also manages the petting farm portion of the agri-tourism business, Clark’s Elioak Farm.

• Representing the nursery industry: Jessica Todd, president of Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc. in Carroll County, a wholesale nursery that specializes in native trees and shrubs for conservation, reforestation, and mitigation projects.

• Representing the urban agriculture industry: Riyaz Gayasaddin, a resident of Baltimore City who helps run Green Street Academy, a farm at a local school in Baltimore City.

• Representing the urban agriculture industry: Tyler Brown, a resident of Baltimore City and manager of Real Food Farm, an urban agricultural enterprise engaged in growing fresh produce on six acres of land in Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore.

• Representing the horticulture industry: Matt Harsh, co-owner and operator of Chesley Vegetable Farms, a 45-acre fruit and vegetable farm in Washington County.

For a complete listing of Young Farmers Advisory Board members, see: http://mda.maryland.gov/about_mda/Pages/young-farmers.aspx

For more information, contact Rachel Melvin at MDA at 410-841-5882 or Rachel.melvin@maryland.gov

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