Maryland Farm Bureau Convention: New Policies, Programming, Awards, and Knowledge Synthesis Shared | News

DAVIDSONVILLE, MD., December 15, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Maryland farming community has come together and learned from distinguished guests and about current issues, such as the Center for Food Integrity and the upcoming U.S. Farm Bill. The Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Convention and Delegates Meeting and CyberAg Symposium took place last week in Cambridge in a new place welcoming their great participation this year.

Highlights included adopting and updating the policy, recognizing member accomplishments at the state and national level, networking on the awards presented and the election of officers.

Among the keynote speakers, Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau, said, “In my travels across our great country, I have seen the dedication of farmers and ranchers to their farms and communities. I have also seen the challenges we face across the agricultural country, from natural disasters to government regulations and everything in between. But I have hope for the future because Farm Bureau members are resilient as we produce a secure and sustainable supply of food, fiber and fuel and take the time to create the policies that will help us. grow a better tomorrow. “

The first CyberAg Symposium organized with the convention was held prior to the conference and dealt with preparedness for growing cybersecurity threats, even in the farming community.

“The Maryland Farm Bureau’s Cyber ​​Sunday event enabled us to fulfill our mission of raising awareness, raising awareness and educating the agri-food supply chain on cyberthreats,” said Andre rose, CEO of CyberAg. “The participants learned who the adversaries of agriculture are, what they want, how they attack, how to mitigate / respond and what threats will follow. With the help and support of the Maryland Farm Bureau, the level of cybersecurity awareness has been increased. in the farming community.


For the first time, a male and female ambassador has been chosen in place of the previous Miss Maryland Agriculture scholarship program. The winners are Jaclyn bryant, Frederick County (in second year at Frederick Community College), and Xavier cox, Prince Georges County (junior to University of Maryland Eastern Shore).

Bob tibbs, producer from Harford County Charolais, received the Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime achievement, accolades and service, including being named Harford County Treasure. The Agri-Woman of the Year award was awarded to Evelyne wilcom, Monrovia retired dairy farmer and nurse, for over 60 years of service to the Farm Bureau and many other organizations.

Garrett County won an AFBF County Excellence Activity, while at the state level, Carroll County and Howard County won Silver Bowl awards for achieving the highest scores in all areas of the program. Program areas include leadership, outreach, and more.

The Young Farmer Competition is a highlight that showcases the next generation of farm leaders. The winners are:

  • Discussion meeting: Logan yearsley, Prince George County (College Park)
  • Collective discussion meeting: Olivia scuderi, Montgomery County (Gaithersburg, assist University of Maryland)
  • Excellence in Agriculture: Katie stevens, Frederick County (Frederick)
  • Excellence Award: Emmy dallam, Harford County (beautiful air)

Another first this year, the Leopold Conservation Award was presented to a Maryland farm or landowner, the winner being announced at the convention. Persistence Creek Farm and the Warring Family of Faulkner won the honor in from Maryland inaugural year.

Every two years, the American Farm Bureau Federation awards select members of Congress recognition for those who work tirelessly to support the interests of farmers across the country and rural America. Senator Chris Van Hollen was one of the seven members of from Maryland congressional delegation to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau award for the 116th Congress. His award was presented to him in person at the congress.

Update of conditions

The delegates who change or develop policies each year shape the landscape of Maryland Agriculture. This year, a national policy resolution of the convention affects wildlife management on federal lands; “We support the requirement of federal agencies to manage wildlife populations on federal lands in a manner that minimizes damage to neighboring private property, including crop damage and livestock depredation.”

At the state level, new policies have been introduced on IT security of the food chain and on urban agriculture. The Maryland Farm Bureau supports the research and implementation of computer security programs to protect local and national supply chains.

The association has stepped up its support for urban agriculture by adding policies, such as changing zoning laws, grants, training programs and the use of Open Space funds. Details can be found here.


The following Maryland Farm Bureau officers and district directors, running for re-election to the state board of directors, have won their respective elections:

  • President – Wayne stafford of Cecil County
  • First Vice-President – John Draper of Queen Anne County
  • Second Vice-President – Jonathan quinn of Kent County
  • Billy Bishoff – District 1, Garrett County
  • Ashley Barber – District 2, Carroll County
  • Jamie Tiralla – District 3, Calvert County
  • Jo-Ann Chason – District 4, Baltimore County
  • Marshal Cahall – District 5, Kent County
  • Mary Lou Brown – District 6, Dorchester County

Ed heikes of Talbot County was elected to sit on the MDFB Political Action Committee.

Another pre-conference event was the meeting of the Women’s Leadership Committee, where they added a new position and elected Connie palmer of Frederick County as second vice-president.

Community awareness

The Maryland Farm Bureau is also celebrating its Young Farmers Committee which raised 597 pounds of donated food as part of the Young Farmers Fill-A-Ford Campaign, in partnership with Preston Ford and the Maryland Food Bank, at last week’s event.

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MARYLAND FARM BUREAU®, INC. is a 501 (c) (5) federation that serves as a united voice for farm families in Maryland. Our organizational strength comes from the active participation of more than 10,000 individual and family members who belong to the 23 local organizations of the State County Farm Bureau. Since 1915, the Maryland Farm Bureau has been committed to protecting and developing agriculture and preserving rural life. Maryland Farm Bureau is proud to be a member of the American Farm Bureau® Federation. Learn more at

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Amber pearson, Maryland Farm Bureau, 573.268.6853, [email protected]

SOURCE Maryland Agricultural Office

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