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Agriculture Workgroup

Scope and Purpose

The charge of the Agriculture Workgroup is to provide expertise and leadership on development and implementation of policies, programs, and research to reduce pollutant loads delivered from agricultural lands and animal operations to upstream waters and the Chesapeake Bay.  The Workgroup reports to the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team.  Functions include:

  • Provide a forum for discussion, exchange of information, and evaluation between federal, state, and local agencies, conservation districts, universities, agri-business, and the corporate sector on sustainable and/or cost-effective agricultural production systems that benefit water and air quality.
  • Provide recommendations on the prioritization of federal and state technical and financial resources on specific practices in priority watersheds.
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership to support the development and implementation of agricultural elements within the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, Watershed Implementation Plans, two-year milestones, and tracking and reporting mechanisms that support an adaptive management approach towards Bay restoration.  
  • Coordinate with WQGIT Watershed Technical Workgroup to identify, define, quantify, and incorporate pollutant reduction and conservation practices on agricultural lands and animal operations into the Chesapeake Bay Program decision support system. Provide data and support for the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team and Technical and Support Services.

Goals and Priorities

More detail about the workgroup's goals and priorities can be found on ChesapeakeStat.


  • Kristen Saacke Blunk (Co-Chair), Headwaters LLC
  • John Rhoderick (Co-Chair), Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Mark Dubin (Coordinator), University of Maryland
  • Emma Giese (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Greg Albrecht, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Bill Angstadt, Delaware Maryland Agribusiness Association
  • Jim Baird, American Farmland Trust
  • Robert Baldwin, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Tom Basden, West Virginia University
  • Hobey Bauhan, Virginia Poultry Federation
  • Troy Bishopp, Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Kenneth Bounds, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit
  • Paul Bredwell, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
  • John Bricker, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Chris Brosch, Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Bill Brown, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
  • Bevin Buchheister, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Glenn Carpenter, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Frank Coale, University of Maryland
  • Valerie Connelly, Maryland Farm Bureau
  • Jason Dalrymple, West Virginia Department of Agriculture
  • Blaine Delaney, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Curtis Dell, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Gary Flory, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Katie Frazier , Virginia Agribusiness Council
  • Suzy Friedman, Environmental Defense Fund
  • James Glancey, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
  • Doug Goodlander, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mark Goodson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Roy Hoagland, HOPE Impacts, LLC
  • Lynne Hoot, Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts
  • Kristen Hughes Evans, Sustainable Chesapeake
  • Ann Jennings, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Tom Juengst, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Edwin Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture
  • Bill Keeling, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Jason Keppler, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University
  • Marel King, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Teresa Koon, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • Sarah Lane, University of Maryland, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Jackie Lendrum, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Susan Marquart, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Anne Marsh, Heinz Center
  • Darrell Marshall, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Robert McAfee, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Nona McCoy, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Eileen McLellan, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jack Meisinger, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Rachel Melvin, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Matt Monroe, West Virginia Department of Agriculture
  • Connie Musgrove, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
  • Joel Myers, Pennsylvania No Till Alliance
  • Jennifer Nelson, Resource Smart LLC
  • John Rhoderick, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Aaron Ristow, Upper Susquehanna Coalition
  • Kristen Saacke Blunk, Headwaters LLC
  • Paul Salon, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Fred Samadani, Environmental & Water Resources Management Consulting
  • Bill Satterfield, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
  • Tim Sexton, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Kelly Shenk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tom Simpson,
  • Kimberly Snell-Zarcone, Conservation Pennsylvania
  • Wilmer Stoneman, Virginia Farm Bureau
  • Pat Stuntz, Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
  • Steve Taglang, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ted Tesler, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Wade Thomason, Virginia Tech
  • Larry Towle, Delaware Department of Agriculture
  • Jennifer Volk, University of Delaware
  • Les Vough, University of Maryland
  • Chad Wentz, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Isaac Wolford, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Dana York, Green Earth Connection
  • Andy Yost, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

Upcoming Events

    Open Session: Nutrient Management Phase 6.0 Expert Panel

    Location

    USGS Water Science Center
    5522 Research Park Drive
    Baltimore, MD 21228
    Map: https://goo.gl/maps/LL1R8

    Date / Time:

    September 10, 2015
    9:30am - 11:30am

    Details:

    Open Session for Phase 6.0 Nutrient Management Expert Panel

    Meeting Objectives:
    -Provide context on the BMP review to stakeholders and expert panel members.
    -Provide input to the panel in the form of presentations or discussion that will help inform their evaluation of water quality benefits – specifically nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions – associated with these practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The input requested may address, but is not limited to: data, policy and regulations, experiences with implementation, or tracking and reporting credits.

    *****Please RSVP using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/HVV0yfc8bQ*****

    Questions? Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

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Agriculture Workgroup September 2015 Quarterly Meeting

Location

Western Maryland Research & Education Center - Extension
18330 Keedysville Road
Keedysville, MD 21756
Directions link: https://extension.umd.edu/wmrec/directions

Date / Time:

September 16, 2015
10:00am - 4:30pm

Details:

Quarterly face-to-face meeting for the Agriculture Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Lindsey Gordon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.

Related Files:


Agriculture Workgroup conference call, October 2015

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

October 15, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm

Details:

Conference call for the Agriculture Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Emma Giese (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.


Agriculture Workgroup conference call, November 2015

Location

Conference Call

Date / Time:

November 19, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm

Details:

Conference call for the Agriculture Workgroup. Agenda and materials will be posted when they become available. Contact Emma Giese (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions.


Past Meetings & Events

  • October 11, 2012 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • September 20, 2012 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • January 12, 2012 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • December 8, 2011 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting
  • October 13, 2011 - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting


  • Phase 6 Agricultural Land Uses

    Manure Treatment Subgroup Written Charge to Expert Panel

    Building a Better Bay Model: A Workshop for Agricultural Partners, May 22-23 2013


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