News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is seeking interested individuals to fill voting membership vacancies.

SMADC’s purpose is to support farms and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland. We are committed to expanding and promoting a viable and profitable agricultural farming community in Southern Maryland. While the primary focus is on the five southern Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s, many of its initiatives reach statewide.

SMADC Board Members come from a broad spectrum of the community, including, farmers, agribusiness, county government, economic development, land planning and zoning officials, chambers of commerce, tourism, the College of Southern Maryland, and the state departments of Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, elected state and local officials, and University of Maryland Extension.

Currently, there are 5 Board Member positions open including:

  • A 4-year term for an Anne Arundel County Farmer
  • A 4-year term for a Calvert County Farmer
  • A 4-year term for a Charles County Farmer
  • A 2-year term for At-Large Position 1 (Urban Agriculture)
  • A 2-year term for At-Large Position 2 (No Industry Specification)

The Commission typically meets from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., on the first Thursday of every month, in Hughesville, MD, at the SMADC Offices. (There is no July Meeting). Members may use the conference call system for meetings as needed, although in-person attendance is greatly preferred.

To be considered, submit all pertinent contact information with a brief paragraph describing your background and relationship to the agricultural community to Karyn Owens at A recommendation letter from a current board member is suggested. Current Board Members are listed on the ‘About SMADC’ page at

Please respond by December 31st, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in January and new members announced by Jan 31st. New members are expected to attend the February 6th meeting.

For more information on SMADC programs and the current Commission members, visit, or call (240) 528-8850. 


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