The Agriculture and Seafood Division serves as a clearinghouse and resource for information concerning the county’s traditional agriculture and seafood economies. The Division works to stabilize, promote and enhance this sector by promoting products, encouraging a diversify of products and markets and support efforts to preserve the rural nature of the county. The Division formulates, designs and implements comprehensive development programs for the county’s agriculture and seafood industries. Under the auspices of the Agriculture, Seafood and Forestry Commission and the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board, recommendations are made to the Board of County Commissioners to stabilize, promote and enhance the agriculture and seafood economic base.
The Agriculture Development Specialist works under the direction of the Agriculture, Seafood and Forestry Commission and the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board with direct supervision provided by the Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Division serves as a liaison to the community, distributing informational material and coordinating efforts to stabilize and diversity the agriculture and seafood industries. Immediate goals include increasing participation in the Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Program and strengthening the county’s Rural Legacy application which are both designed to protect the county against the impact of sprawl development. The Division will continue to sponsor and co-sponsor workshops and meetings for farmers and watermen regarding relevant and time production and marketing concerns to include low-input agriculture and irrigation, pest management, hog farming, aquaculture and timber management. Projects and special programs will continue to be implemented. The Division will develop projects, designed to educate students and the general public of the significance of the county’s agriculture and seafood industries.
For more information please contact:
Manager, Agriculture & Seafood
Administrative Coordinator, Agriculture & Seafood
26737 Radio Station Way, Suite E-1
Leonardtown, MD 20650