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


Kathy Braiser (Chair), Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Email:  kbrasier@psu.edu
Caitlin Grady (Vice Chair), George Washington University

Email:  caitlin.grady@gwu.edu
Eric Hughes (Coordinator), Life Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1750 Forest Drive, Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  hughes.eric@epa.gov
Phone:  410-267-5729
Jackie Pickford (Staffer), GIS Analyst, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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, New York 14850

Email:  greg.albrecht@agriculture.ny.gov
Phone:  (607) 229-4654
Cindy Shreve, West Virginia Conservation Agency
60B Moorefield Industrial Park Road
Moorefield, West Virginia 26836

Email:  cshreve@wvca.us.
Phone:  (304) 538-7581
Kate Bresaw, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Email:  kbresaw@pa.gov
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, University of Maryland
Wye Research and Education Center
P.O. Box 169
Queenstown, Maryland 21658

Email:  kstaver@umd.edu
Phone:  (410) 827-8056 x111
Jeff Hill, 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, New York 13827

Email:  dekare@co.tioga.ny.us
Phone:  (607) 972-2346
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
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
Zach Evans, Mountaire Farms, Inc.

Email:  zevans@mountaire.com
Kendrick Flowers, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Email:  kendrick.flowers@usda.gov