Montgomery Agricultural Producers

Montgomery Agricultural Producers " Representing The Agricultural Producers of Montgomery County Maryland "

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08/19/2020
Dave Malkoff

More on Crop Losses in the mid west.

https://www.facebook.com/davenews/videos/1792743370876462/

The #Derecho that brought hurricane-like conditions to 9 states in the midwest this week tore through the corn belt and may have destroyed $3 Billion worth of potential revenue. Now farmers who have been living on the edge with the impact a trade war, ethonol policy, COVID-19, restraunts and meat-packing plants closed... may lose the farm.

07/16/2020

Currently the Montgomery County PHED committee has proposed a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-01 Community Solar in the Agricultural Reserve. This ZTA would allow commercial solar fields up to two Mega Watts in the AG Reserve. A two megawatt field would require between 10-12 acres of land for the solar field, isles between the panels and the fence surrounding the solar field.

MAP testified against this ZTA when it was introduced to the council in March and also recently in July.

Other Agricultural Organizations have also testified against this ZTA. The Agricultural Advisory Committee, Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board, Montgomery County Farm Bureau and the Soil Conservation District have all submitted written testimony against this ZTA.

To lose any farm land that could be used for the growing of food and fiber at this time would be a terrible mistake. The intent of setting a side the AG Reserve was for the purpose of Agriculture. We must continue to protect this valuable resource.

Last week MAP had the pleasure of being hosted by The Stabler Family on their farm in Brookeville, Maryland. We were joi...
02/21/2020

Last week MAP had the pleasure of being hosted by The Stabler Family on their farm in Brookeville, Maryland. We were joined by the County Executive Marc Elrich and listened to Randy Stabler explained to the County Executive how vital and important the Ag Reserve is to our farmers in Montgomery County. Randy help the CE better understand how critical Agricultural Preservation was to the future of farming in the AG Reserve. We’d like to thank the Stabler’s for hosting this meeting. We would like to thank Marc for taking the time from his busy schedule to visit with us. We would also like to thank our Executive Director Bob Cissel, Jeremy Criss and Mike Scheffel from the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture, for helping to make the meeting happen. Thank you for the photos Montgomery County PIO.

MAP would like to thank Councilman Andrew Friedson and his staff for meeting with us to address current issues affecting...
01/13/2020

MAP would like to thank Councilman Andrew Friedson and his staff for meeting with us to address current issues affecting our Agricultural Producers in Montgomery County. Andrew ,and his Chief of Staff Cindy Gibson, have been supporters of our farmers and the challenges that they face daily. We look forward to a continued dialog with Andrew throughout 2020 year.

01/13/2020

Montgomery Agricultural Producers would like to thank Councilman Hans Riemer and his staff for meeting with MAPS Director Bob Cissel, Jeremy Criss and Mike Scheffel from The Office of AG and Michele Cropp from Montgomery County Farm Bureau to discuss how the AG Reserve might help the county reach it goals for alternative energy. This discussion addressed how Solar Energy might be introduced inside the AG Reserve on a limited basis. We look forward to future discussions on how this might affect the Agricultural Community.

Montgomery Agricultural Producers had the pleasure of hosting The National Capital Park and Planning Board and staff on ...
11/05/2019

Montgomery Agricultural Producers had the pleasure of hosting The National Capital Park and Planning Board and staff on a farm tour on October 24, 2019. They got to tour a working Grain Farm in Poolesville. Then we all went to the field to give them a ride in a combine as it harvested corn. We like to thank Jim Clifford for allowing us to be part of his corn harvest. The group then went on to Wind Ridge Vineyards just outside of Poolesville and Butlers Orchard in Germantown. MAP would like to thank the planning board for taking time out of their busy schedule to spend time here with our Agricultural Community.

The Agricultural Community leadership was Honored by Craig Rice and Andrew Friedson of the Montgomery County Council Spo...
09/19/2019

The Agricultural Community leadership was Honored by Craig Rice and Andrew Friedson of the Montgomery County Council Sponsoring a Proclamation on September 17, 2019 to recognize The 100 Year Anniversary of The Montgomery County Farm Bureau. Also attending was Council President Nancy Navarro, Gabe Albornoz, Will Jawando, Sidney Katz and Hans Riemer. Our Farm Bureau has a long history of supporting the Agricultural Community. Accepting the Proclamation on behalf of the Farm Bureau is the President of Montgomery County Farm Bureau Michele Cropp and fellow Farm Bureau Member and member of the Agricultural Advisory Board Jane Evans.

The second picture is of all three AG Leaders that were recognized with Proclamations on this day. Bob Stabler and Ben Allnutt were also recognized for their families long term commitment and support to the Agricultural Community.

The Agricultural Community leadership was Honored by Craig Rice and Andrew Friedson of the Montgomery County Council Spo...
09/19/2019

The Agricultural Community leadership was Honored by Craig Rice and Andrew Friedson of the Montgomery County Council Sponsoring a Proclamation on September 17, 2019. Also attending was Council President Nancy Navarro, Gabe Albornoz, Will Jawando, Sidney Katz and Hans Riemer. Bob Stabler and Ben Allnutt were recognized for their many years of support of the agricultural community of Montgomery County. These are two families have a rich Heritage in farming. We thank the council for their support of our Ag Producers.

Montgomery Agricultural Producers's cover photo
09/19/2019

Montgomery Agricultural Producers's cover photo

08/23/2019
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Learn more about how, in the next 30 harvest cycles, American farmers can help solve the greatest challenge of this generation: climate change.
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Montgomery Agricultural Producers's cover photo
05/17/2019

Montgomery Agricultural Producers's cover photo

Burnt Hill Vineyard is hosted a Summer Solstice Festival on June 22, 2019. Please check out the link below.https://www.b...
05/17/2019
BURNT HILL PROJECT

Burnt Hill Vineyard is hosted a Summer Solstice Festival on June 22, 2019. Please check out the link below.

https://www.burnthill.farm/solstice

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Ag Facts of the Day
05/11/2019

Ag Facts of the Day

04/05/2019

MAP held it's 6th annual meeting tonight here in Poolesville Maryland. A great dinner and meeting hosted by Billy Willard. I couldn't ask for a better group of farmers to work with. Some of them are 3rd and 4th generation farmers. These men and women work hard and long days growing the food that feeds the world. If you see them working the soil around Montgomery County stop and thank them for what they do. They grow grain, fruits and vegetables and beef cattle. They grow grapes for wine and brew beer at On Farm Breweries. Sod for your yard and Hay for your horses. They are using the most modern equipment and do everything they can to protect the soil. God bless them. We are lucky to have them working and living here in Montgomery County

MAP and our Friends from The Montgomery County Farm Bureau, The County Ag Center ( fairgrounds ) and the Office of Agric...
03/28/2019

MAP and our Friends from The Montgomery County Farm Bureau, The County Ag Center ( fairgrounds ) and the Office of Agriculture have spent the past few weeks meeting with our Council members. Seeing our friends from the past and getting to know our new council members. We have a fine group of representatives who support our Farmers and their efforts to work this land we call The Agricultural Reserve. Please support your local farmers that protect this valuable resource. Without your support we could lose the Ag Reserve to development in the future.

Councilmember Andrew Friedson
12/21/2018

Councilmember Andrew Friedson

Enjoyed spending this afternoon with leaders of our County’s agricultural community at Laytonsville’s beautiful Seneca Ayr Farm – a local livestock producer and one of 540 working farms in Montgomery County. I’m humbled and honored to represent part of the Agricultural Reserve, made possible by one of the most important and forward-looking land conservation decisions in American history. Today, the County’s agricultural industry employs more than 10,000 people and contributes $287 million to our economy. I look forward to working with the Montgomery County Office of Agriculture, Montgomery Agricultural Producers, Jeremy Criss, Bob Cissel, Patrick Jamison, Michael Jamison, Eric Spates, Jim Brown, Wade Butler, Fred Lechlider, Linda Lewis, John Zawitoski, and many more to protect our agricultural heritage and promote our agricultural economy now and for future generations. Montgomery County MD Council

MAP Director Bob Cissel attended the Agricultural Legislators Luncheon in Laytonsville, Maryland on Tom and Paula Linthi...
12/21/2018

MAP Director Bob Cissel attended the Agricultural Legislators Luncheon in Laytonsville, Maryland on Tom and Paula Linthicum's Farm on Tuesday Dec 18, 2018. Photo below is Jim Brown ( commissioners of Poolesville ) and our at Large Councilman Gabe Albornoz. This was a great event sponsored by many of our Agricultural Service Organizations.

The Farming Community met at Jamison AG and Turf in Poolesville, Maryland on Friday July 20, 2018. We were there to cele...
07/23/2018

The Farming Community met at Jamison AG and Turf in Poolesville, Maryland on Friday July 20, 2018. We were there to celebrate The 50th anniversary of " No Till Farming " in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Jamison family was kind enough to host this event on their farm.

On display were many types of modern farming equipment that are used in the practice of no till farming. Mike Jamison was kind enough to give the large group a detailed description of how this equipment works and it's effects on saving the valuable resource of top soil.

We all returned to the AG Center in Gaithersburg for a luncheon to honor Bob Raver. Bob was the first person to introduce no till farming in our county. Councilmen Sydney Katz and Craig Rice were on hand to deliver a Proclamation from the County Council honoring Bob.

Montgomery Agricultural Producers's cover photo
06/22/2018

Montgomery Agricultural Producers's cover photo

06/10/2018

Breaking bread with some great friends and AG Leaders at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce dinner. My friend Jim Clifford was our host.

DewEze
01/24/2018

DewEze

BREAKING NEWS: There will be NO farms closed due to the extreme cold. Farmers will be out in the cold and blowing wind tending their livestock. They will be praying for machinery to work, fences to stay put and that the axe doesn’t break when opening up water tanks. If you know or love a FARMER tell them thanks.

Tractor Jen
01/06/2018

Tractor Jen

This is why farming is so hard!

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📍Take quick action! Do not let Montgomery County give up protected farm land to non-ag industry - especially when experts have concluded that there is sufficient already disturbed areas to place the arrays, both horizontally and vertically.