Hogan gets agricultural education at Havre de Grace stop
— Gov. Larry Hogan and his wife, Yumi, toured the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) Thursday at the Senator William H. Amoss Ag Center at Swan Harbor Farm as part of a three-day visit through Harford, Cecil and Kent counties.
It was one of many stops on Hogan’s busy schedule in the three counties.
MAEF staff and volunteers briefed the governor and first lady about their primary mission, which is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the importance of agriculture in the daily lives of Maryland citizens.
“Our agriculture in the classroom program receives financial support from the sale of Maryland ‘ Ag Tag’ vehicle license tags,” MAEF Board President Gail Yeiser said, as she pinned a small “Ag Tag” pin on Hogan’s collar.
“Sitting in on some teacher training sessions for the mobile lab program and being a part of the many energetic committees responsible for the financial responsibilities, as well as programs for all grade levels has been inspiring,” she said.
MAEF Executive Director George Mayo said though the foundation’s programs and outreach have continued to grow since it start 26 years ago, they continue to look for ways
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to expand and to educate Maryland youth on how important agriculture is to their daily lives.
“We’re in schools in every county in Maryland now except Montgomery County,” Mayo said, noting that agriculture education is offered at every grade level and the foundation provides teacher training workshops. “We try to make the farm experience relevant to everyone.”
The foundation operates three mobile labs that can travel to a school for a week at a time to allow teachers to perform experiments and study with students. The labs include topics like agriculture products, food, fiber production and aquatic life. In addition, a fourth trailer provides an interactive, overall agriculture experience outside of the school environment. It is called the Maryland Agriculture Showcase and is suited for local fairs and festivals.
Other programs organized by MAEF include urban gardens and agriculture literacy through publication of a children’s book with lessons for classroom learning each year. This year’s book is “Amazing! Maryland Agriculture.” It is also available in DVD, along with Take Me Out to the Cornfield and Maryland Farm & Harvest DVDs.
Maryland officials attending the event Thursday walked through each of the mobile units parked outside the MAEF office at Swan Harbor.
Gov. Larry Hogan chats with agriculture supporters Thursday outside one of the mobile labs at the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation office in Havre de Grace.