ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s agricultural industry leaders will enjoy networking, food and conversation with state and national legislators at the 50th annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture gala on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Sponsored by the Maryland Agriculture Council Inc., more than 700 are expected to attend this golden anniversary where agriculture education grants will be awarded and Governor Larry Hogan will introduce the state’s Agricultural Hall of Fame honoree.

“The mission of this event has not strayed in its 50 years – to promote agriculture and educate lawmakers about its importance to every citizen in Maryland,” said Council President Chuck Schuster. “As farmers, we are proud to produce food, fiber and fuel. We are proud to create jobs. We are proud to safely sustain and preserve our land and natural resources. But it takes cooperation and mutual understanding and respect with our elected official to keep us viable and strong.”

Gala attendees will enjoy a smorgasbord of Maryland-produced foods and beverages and will learn and see firsthand the financial commitment that the Maryland Ag Council has to extend agriculture education programs across the state. Several initiatives will be recognized at the gala with the awarding of $5,000 in grants to individuals and organizations.

The Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame award will be presented to a farm family that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to agriculture and the community in which they live and work.

Tickets for the event are $100 person if ordered before Jan. 10; individual ticket prices are $125 after Jan. 10. For ticket information and reservations, call Gail Yeiser at 410-353-3069, or check the council’s website at www.mdagcouncil.com. For more information on the event, contact Executive Director Susan Summers at 240-446-3601.

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