Maryland Department of Agriculture Hosts the 78th Annual Southern Weights and Measures Association Conference

~ The 78th Annual Southern Weights and Measures Association (SWMA) Conference was held in Annapolis, Maryland from October 8-11, 2023. Hosted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the conference was led by Alison Wilkinson, 2023 President of the SWMA and Chief of Weights and Measures at the department.

Over 60 attendees were present at the conference, including retired and current Weights and Measures Inspectors who attended the President's Reception, Open Hearings, and the SWMA Outing. National Conference on Weights and Measures Chairman Gene Robinson and Chairman Elect Marc Paquette were also in attendance. Secretary Kevin Atticks addressed the conference attendees on behalf of Maryland Department of Agriculture during opening ceremonies while Assistant Secretary Cassie Shirk attended as well. The Anne Arundel County High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps provided a color guard for the ceremony.

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The outing was held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum where guests were able to enjoy waterfront views and museum exhibits. During closing ceremonies, current SWMA President Alison Wilkinson passed the gavel to 2024 SWMA President Elect Christina Osborn of Texas Department of Agriculture. The purpose of this annual conference was to discuss and vote regionally on new proposals and amendments that will be voted upon at the 109th National Conference on Weights and Measures in Cleveland, Ohio in July 2024.

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