[photo, Grapevines, Woodville (Frederick County), Maryland] Roy W. Crow, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2021

Appointed by Governor to 3-year terms: Joseph A. Fiola, Ph.D., 2018; Jeffrey A. Kelly, 2020; Jennifer Watt Layton, 2020; Joan Cartier, Ph.D., 2021; Steven A. Connelly, 2023; Liz Fitzsimmons, 2023; Robert T. Butz, 2024.

Appointed by Senate President: Ronald N. Young

Appointed by House Speaker: Rachel R. Jones

Grapevines, Woodville (Frederick County), Maryland, October 2005. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Staff: Karen M. Fedor

c/o Marketing & Agribusiness Development, Department of Agriculture
Wayne A. Cawley, Jr. Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 8960
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Annual Report to Governor (Chapter 319, Acts of 2005; Code Agriculture Article, sec. 10-1201 through 10-11206).
[photo, Grapes in basket and grapepress, Dunkirk, Calvert County, Maryland] In July 2005, the Governor's Advisory Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 319, Acts of 2005).

The Commission advises the Secretary of Agriculture on the allocation of funds from the Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Fund. Authorized in 2005 and administered by the Department of Agriculture, the Fund provides grants to nongovernmental organizations to encourage the production and consumption of Maryland wine, and the production of wine grapes in the State. Additionally, the Commission identifies strategies to facilitate the growth of viticulture in Maryland.

Grapes in basket & grapepress, Dunkirk (Calvert County), Maryland. September 2005. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Ten members constitute the Commission. Eight of these are appointed to three-year terms by the Governor. One member is named by the Senate President, and one by the House Speaker (Chapters 297 & 298, Acts of 2012; Code Agriculture Article, sec. 10-1202).

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