The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Southern Maryland Three County Council, is looking for people interested in filling voting member positions.
The purpose of SMADC is to support farms and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland. We are committed to developing and promoting a viable and profitable farming community in Southern Maryland. Although the program focuses primarily on the five southern Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George and St. Mary, many SMADC initiatives extend statewide.
SMADC board members represent a wide range of the region’s agricultural and business community, including farmers, agribusiness, horse industry, county government and economic development officials, planning and zoning, chambers of commerce, tourism, the College of Southern Maryland and state departments. agriculture, business and economic development, state and local elected officials, and the University of Maryland Extension.
Currently there are 4 open voting member positions:
- A farmer from Charles County – 4-year term
- Two At-Large stations – 2-year mandate, representing various industries and areas of expertise (business sector, economic development, finance, legal, regulatory, etc.)
- A representative of the regional agricultural office – One year term
Board members expect that, as serious stewards of the Commission, they will express a duty of care and good faith to fairly represent the farming community of Southern Maryland and to champion programs and the objectives of the SMADC by providing expertise and insight, and by proactively adopting strong fiduciary practices to ensure that the Commission has adequate resources to advance its mission. “Members of our board of directors have a unique opportunity to influence the beneficial results for farmers in Southern Maryland simply by disseminating information about SMADC’s programs and what we are trying to accomplish for agriculture in the region. region, ”commented Shelby Watson-Hampton, Director of SMADC.
The Commission generally meets from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are virtual or by conference call until further notice.
Interested persons are encouraged to submit a letter of introduction with all relevant contact details and a brief summary of their background, areas of expertise and relationships with the farming community. A letter of recommendation from a current board member is suggested.
Letters of introduction should be sent by January 28, 2022 to Rachel Norris at [email protected] Applicants will be reviewed by the SMADC Board of Directors and new members announced by February 28, 2022. New members are expected to attend the March meeting.