Loretta Collins Joins Maryland Department of Agriculture as Executive Secretary to the State Soil Conservation Committee

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 18, 2024) ~ Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Department of Agriculture has recently announced the appointment of Loretta Collins as the new Executive Secretary to the State Soil Conservation Committee. In her new role, Collins will be responsible for coordinating conservation programs and activities with various organizations including local soil conservation districts, federal and state agencies, and public and private agricultural and natural resource organizations.

Collins brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She has embarked on various professional journeys that have included fieldwork in conservation farming practices and archaeology, as well as teaching in public schools. With over a decade of affiliation with the University of Maryland, she has conducted research on best management practices to reduce phosphorus loss from crop fields. She has also served as an agricultural nutrient management specialist and coordinated agricultural stakeholder groups and scientific panels at the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis.

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Collins is an alumnus of St. Mary's College of Maryland, The George Washington University, and the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. in psychology, an M.A. in secondary education, and an M.S. in soil and watershed science. Additionally, she maintains certifications in K-12 education and agricultural nutrient management plan writing. Collins is also a member of several professional organizations including the Maryland Association of Professional Soil Scientists, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the Soil Science Society of America.

For more information about the State Soil Conservation Committee or to learn more about their initiatives, please visit www.mda.maryland.gov. With Collins at the helm as Executive Secretary, the committee is sure to continue making strides towards promoting sustainable agriculture practices in Maryland.

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