Board of Trustees

The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is administered by a thirteen-member Board of Trustees which includes the State's Comptroller, Treasurer, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of Planning, all of whom serve as "ex officio" members. The other nine members of the Board serve "at-large" and represent various regions of the State. All members are appointed by the Governor and serve a term of four years. At least five of the at-large members are farmer representatives; the Board has representation from the Maryland Agricultural Commission, the Maryland Farm Bureau, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland Young Farmers' Advisory Board.

Responsibilities of the Foundation's Board of Trustees include

  • Disseminating information to farmland owners and other Maryland citizens;
  • Providing assistance and coordination to the twenty-three Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Boards;
  • Promulgating program rules, regulations, and procedures;
  • Reviewing and approving easement applications; and
  • Acquiring by purchase or donation, agricultural land preservation easements on productive agricultural land.


Members of the Board Trustees

 

Michael Calkins        
Chair, Board of Trustees
Young Farmers' Advisory Board Representative
Howard County resident
Appointed:  2017
       
Bernard L. Jones, Sr.     
At Large Representative
Carroll County resident
Appointed:  2010         
       
William Allen        
At-large Representative         
Frederick County resident        
Appointed:  2016        
       
Tom Mason        
Farm Bureau Representative
Kent County resident
Appointed:  2016
 
J. Bruce Yerkes
Maryland Grange Representative
Cecil County resident
Appointed:  2017
       
Taylor B. Huffman        
Agriculture Commission Representative        
Frederick County resident        
Appointed:  2017        
         
Catherine Cosgrove
At-large Representative        
Calvert County resident
Appointed:  2016
       
Ralph Robertson        
At-large Representative        
Carroll County resident
Appointed:  2016
 
Joseph W. Wood
At-large Representative
St. Mary's County resident
Appointed:  2017
 
Honorable Peter Franchot
State Comptroller
Ex Officio Member
Represented by Jerome Klasmeier
 
Honorable Robert McCord        
Secretary of Planning
Ex Officio Member
Represented by Debbie Herr Cornwell        
 
Honorable Nancy K. Kopp
State Treasurer
Ex Officio Member        
Represented by Susanne Brogan
 
Honorable Joe Bartenfelder
Secretary of Agriculture
Ex Officio Member
Represented by