2016 Taste of Maryland Honors Farmers and Agricultural Innovators

Hundreds of people, including many legislators and state officials attended the 2015 “Taste of Maryland Agriculture” event on February 4 to honor dedicated farmers and agricultural innovators and celebrate the contributions of agriculture to the state (and maybe enjoy a few locally produced food and beverages).

Audience for 2016 Taste of Maryland
Hundreds of people attended the 2016 Taste of Maryland Agriculture event at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie

Among those honored were the Swann Family of Calvert County, who were inducted into Maryland’s Agriculture Hall of Fame for their generational contributions to farming, and Arthur “Squeaky” Kirk, for his efforts to engage Baltimore City youth in agriculture and gardening. With legislators from most of Maryland’s counties looking on, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan praised the honorees and stressed the importance of agriculture and farming in the State.

Event presenters also introduced Maryland’s next crop of agricultural youth leaders and announced this year’s Maryland Agriculture Grant Awards recipients.

The event’s hashtag was #MDAGSTRONG.

Governor Larry Hogan at 2016 Taste of Maryland
Governor Larry Hogan Addresses the crowd at 2016 Taste of Maryland Agriculture event with Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder (R of podium) looking on



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