Protecting Maryland Agriculture: Smart Farming Cybersecurity Free Forum Oct 25

Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development, in partnership with TEDCO and Bay Crossing Consulting, invites you to Protecting Maryland Agriculture: Smart Farming Cybersecurity Challenges & Solutions on October 25, 2023 at Chesapeake College from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

This free forum will provide farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity and privacy threats and the challenges that come with the use of modern information technology in food production, transportation, and agriculture. It’s difficult to think of a more critical economic sector than agriculture. This forum will explore smart farming technologies used in food production and the associated cybersecurity risks and challenges. Attendees will learn about resources and solutions available to protect our food supply pipeline in Maryland and beyond.

Five industry leaders from the sectors of agriculture, cybersecurity, education, government, and lending will share their insights on navigating these cybersecurity challenges as part of a panel discussion, including Jenell Eck, Programs and Public Relations Director of Maryland Grain Producers; Chris Abell, Executive Director of Carroll Technology & Innovation Council; Dr. Cliff Coppersmith, President of Chesapeake College; and Tyler Majchrzak, Government Affairs Officer of Horizon Farm Credit.

Keynote Speaker Joyce Hunter, Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and former Deputy CIO and Acting CIO for Policy and Planning at USDA, will discuss Nurturing Sustainable and Diverse Growth in the US Agricultural Cybersecurity Workforce.

The event will also include presentations by Colin Hamill, Founder & IT Solutions Designer at Sentinel Forge Technologies; Chris Clai, Director of Information Security at Green Thumb Industries; and Bill Bernard, Rural Business Innovation Mentor and Consultant at TEDCO.

Attendees will also be able to connect with the cybersecurity community and learn about the services and resources that are available to protect their operations at the event’s Cyberbiosecurity Showcase.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. For more information or to register online, please visit

Protecting Maryland Agriculture: Smart Farming Cybersecurity Challenges & Solutions is made possible through the support of Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development, TEDCO, Bay Crossing Consulting, and CyberAg.