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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
  • 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, Water Stewardship, Inc
  • 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

    Agriculture Workgroup meeting, September 2014

    Location

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office
    177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Date / Time:

    September 11, 2014
    9:30am - 3:30pm

    Details:

    Monthly meeting for the Agriculture Workgroup. Materials will be posted as they become available.

    Call-in number: 866.299.3188, code: 267.5715
    Virtual Meeting Room: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/agwg/

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Agriculture Workgroup meeting, October 2014

Location

To Be Decided

Date / Time:

October 9, 2014
9:30am - 3:30pm

Details:

Monthly meeting for the Agriculture Workgroup. Materials will be posted as they become available.

Call-in number: 866.299.3188, code: 267.5715
Virtual Meeting Room: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/agwg/


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


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

    Manure Treatment Subgroup Written Charge to Expert Panel


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