Upcoming Meetings

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.

Projects and Resources

Agriculture Workgroup Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST) Issues Tracker

The below Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST) Issues Tracker records concerns that have been raised by jurisdictions in relation to agricultural data inputs. The tracker is a living document and will be updated regularly as progress is made on the issues or new issues are raised. This spreadsheet serves as a starting point for setting priorities for Phase 7 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model updates and changes related to agricultural data.

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Workgroups and Action Teams


Jeremy Daubert (Chair), Virginia Tech
965 Pleasant Valley Road
Harrisonburg, virginia 22801

Email:  jdaubert@vt.edu
Phone:  (540) 564-3080
Kathy Braiser (Vice Chair), Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Email:  kbrasier@psu.edu
Jackie Pickford (Staffer), Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Staffer, Chesapeake Research Consortium
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, maryland 21401

Email:  pickford.jacqueline@epa.gov
Greg Albrecht, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
309 Roat Street
Ithaca, newYork 14850

Email:  greg.albrecht@agriculture.ny.gov
Phone:  (607) 229-4654
Frank Schneider, Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission
2301 N. Cameron Street, Room 311
Harrisburg, pennsylvania 17110-9408

Email:  fschneider@pa.gov
Phone:  (717) 705-3895
Cindy Shreve, West Virginia Conservation Agency
60B Moorefield Industrial Park Road
Moorefield, westVirginia 26836

Email:  cshreve@wvca.us.
Phone:  (304) 538-7581
Elizabeth Hoffman, Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, maryland 21401

Email:  elizabeth.hoffman@maryland.gov
Marel King, Chesapeake Bay Commission
c/o Senate of Pennsylvania
G-05 North Office Building
Harrisburg, pennsylvania 17120

Email:  mking@chesbay.us
Phone:  (717) 772-3651
Paul Bredwell, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
1530 Cooledge Road
Tucker, georgia 30084

Email:  pbredwell@uspoultry.org
Phone:  (770) 493-9401
Ken Staver
Wye Research and Education Center
P.O. Box 169
Queenstown, maryland 21658

Email:  kstaver@umd.edu
Phone:  (410) 827-8056 x111
Jeff Hill, District Manager, York County Conservation District
2401 Pleasant Valley Road
Suite #101 RM #139
York, pennsylvania 17402

Email:  jhill@yorkccd.org
Phone:  (717) 840-7430 x143
David Graybill, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
1043 Long Rd
Mifflintown, pennsylvania 17059

Email:  dgmkhc@centurylink.net
Phone:  (717) 363-0706
Emily Dekar, Upper Susquehanna Coalition
183 Corporate Drive
Owego, newYork 13827

Email:  dekare@co.tioga.ny.us
Phone:  (607) 972-2346
Evin Fitzpatrick, Country View Family Farms
1650 Ridgeview Avenue
Lancaster, pennsylvania 17603

Email:  efitzpatrick@cvff.com
Phone:  (717) 925-9193
Clint Gill, Delaware Department of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, delaware 19901

Email:  clint.gill@state.de.us
Matthew Royer, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
111B Ferguson Building
University Park, pennsylvania 16802

Email:  mzr154@psu.edu
RO Britt, Smithfield Foods
434 E Main St
Waverly, virginia 23890

Email:  robritt@smithfield.com
Leon Tillman, Chesapeake Bay Coordinator, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
339 Busch's Frontage Road, Suite 301
Annapolis, maryland 21409

Email:  leon.tillman@usda.gov
Phone:  (443) 875-7169
Seth Mullins, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Email:  seth.mullins@dcr.virginia.gov
Jenna Schueler, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Email:  jschueler@cbf.org
Jeff Sweeney, Integrated Analysis Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, maryland 21401

Email:  sweeney.jeff@epa.gov
Phone:  (410) 267-9844

Email:  nhepfl@hrg-inc.com
Jim Riddell, Virginia Cattleman Association

Email:  riddellj@live.com