Want to speak your mind about trends in the Maryland agricultural industry? Do you appreciate knowing that your voice is heard in Annapolis?

The Maryland Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology have joined forces to host four regional meetings across the state in order to create a strategic plan for agriculture as a whole. One previous session was held and moderated at Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters in August (leadership from the Maryland Horse Council was in attendance).

The general public and industry leaders are encouraged to attend. A strong representation from the Maryland horse industry will ensure that equine priorities are recognized and considered in strategic planning.

Each of these sessions represents a region of the state. Space is limited and we encourage those who want to attend any of the regional sessions to RSVP to Lindsey Palmer at lindsey.palmer@maryland.gov or 410-841-5831 as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 17 (7 – 9 p.m.) – Charles County Soil Conservation District – 4200 Gardiner Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601

Wednesday, September 18 (7 – 9 p.m.) – Washington County Agricultural Education Center – 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro MD  21713-2431

Monday, September 30 (7 – 9 p.m.) – Chesapeake College Eastern Shore Higher Education Center – 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Tuesday, October 1 (7 – 9 p.m.)– Maryland State Fairgrounds Administration Building – 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) corporation affiliated with the University of Maryland College Park and the University System of Maryland.  Founded in 1999, the Center brings together diverse interests from the agricultural, forestry, and environmental communities for the purpose of retaining Maryland’s working landscapes and the industries they support while protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.