PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Agricultural Commission Tour Caroline, Talbot County 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 17, 2024) ~ Members of the Maryland Agricultural Commission were given a unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the state's agriculture industry during a day-long tour on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The tour, which took place on May 17, 2024, included visits to various agriculture operations in Talbot and Caroline Counties.

Led by Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks, the group was joined by senior staff members, University of Maryland Extension agents, and other local agricultural community members. The tour aimed to showcase the innovative practices and hard work of Maryland's farmers and producers in supporting local communities and the economy.

The first stop on the tour was Tilghman Island Seafood, where owner Nick Hargrove and his team demonstrated their efforts in combating the invasive blue catfish species. Attendees also learned about their USDA approved wild caught Blue Catfish processing facility, which supports the local economy.

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Next on the itinerary was a visit to the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton. Commission members were able to witness firsthand how this organization supports conservation efforts and promotes sustainable agricultural practices in Maryland.

The group then enjoyed a locally sourced lunch at Talbot Agriculture and Education Center, prepared by students from Easton High School's culinary program. Linda Brown, who teaches at the program and also serves as Vice President of the Maryland Agricultural Fair Board, shared insights into how local fairs and shows support agriculture.

At Hutchison Brothers Farms, attendees were given a glimpse into the operations of this nearly 3,500-acre farm and its contributions to the local economy. The farm is owned by fourth-generation horticulturist Karl Fischer.

Carrie Jennings' Honeybee Flower Farm was another stop on the tour. Here, attendees learned about maintaining and managing meadow-grown fresh-cut flowers.

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In Caroline County, Commission members visited Wye Nursery founded in 1957 by Karl Fischer's father. Karl himself provided insights into how the nursery has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of the industry.

The final stop on the tour was Oakland View Farms, a dairy farm operated by Dick Edwards and Scott Youse in Ridgely, MD. Attendees were able to see firsthand how the farm operates and its contribution to the local dairy industry.

Executive Secretary of the Maryland Agricultural Commission Harrison Palmer can be contacted for more information about the tour or the commission itself at This tour provided valuable insights into Maryland's agriculture industry and strengthened relationships between local agriculture and government officials. It also highlighted the hard work and dedication of farmers and producers in supporting their communities and ensuring a sustainable future for Maryland's agriculture industry.

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