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GOVERNOR'S INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION FOR AGRICULTURE

Chair: Roger L. Richardson, Secretary of Agriculture

Appointed by Governor on recommendation of Secretary of Agriculture: Rev. Clark S. Aist, Ph.D.; Kenneth M. Bounds; Cheryl D. DeBerry; Jerome R. Faulring; Vanessa A. Finney; J. Robert Frazee; Rodney B. Glotfelty; Daniel T. Magness; James L. McCarron, Jr.; Stephen R. McHenry; Gail Webb Owings; Faith Elliott Rossing; Pamela Nicholson Saul; James B. Steele, Jr.; Gabriel S. Zepp.

Ex officio (nonvoting): David W. Edgerley, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Shari T. Wilson, Secretary of the Environment; John M. Colmers, Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; John R. Griffin, Secretary of Natural Resources; Richard E. Hall, Secretary of Planning; Cheng-i Wei, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park.

Contact: Earl F. (Buddy) Hance

c/o Office of Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture
Wayne A. Cawley, Jr. Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 8960
(410) 841-5881
e-mail: hanceef@mda.state.md.us


Annual Report to Governor due Oct. 1 (Executive Order 01.01.2006.06).

In October 2006, the Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture was established (Executive Order 01.01.2006.06). The Commission promotes the economic viability of agriculture in the State by ensuring that local, State and other agricultural agencies work together to best use available resources. The Commission is to develop and implement both a consistent systematic method to coordinate Maryland's agricultural economic development, and specific protocols that improve regulatory processes for agriculture and promote a business-friendly climate. Further, the Commission will develop an annual intergovernmental plan for agricultural services and functions; identify and assess the impact on State and local governments of agricultural developments; recommend programs and policies that meet the State's agricultural strategy goals; and establish an agricultural affairs information center.

On recommendation of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Governor appoints the Commission's members. The Commission also is assisted by six nonvoting ex officio members. The Secretary of Agriculture serves as chair.

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