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'Taste of Maryland Agriculture' gala set for Feb. 2 in Glen Burnie

State agricultural leaders to gather to award grants, present Governor's Hall of Fame award

December 07, 2011

Maryland's agricultural industry leaders will dine with state and national legislators  Thursday, Feb. 2, to celebrate the importance of Maryland's No. 1 industry, agriculture. More than 700 people are expected to attend the annual "Taste of Maryland Agriculture" gala at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md., sponsored by the Maryland Agriculture Council Inc.

During the dinner, the council will award several grants for various agricultural projects throughout the state. The council's grants program offers funding to individuals or organizations for the promotion and education of agriculture.

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

The role of the council is one of educating the public on the importance of agriculture, according to Robert N. Stabler, council chairman. Various avenues enable the council to interact with the public on a year-round basis, such as Ag Week shows at various venues, websites, fairs, community shows and newsletters.

Tickets cost $85 per person if purchased before Jan. 10; after that date, tickets cost $100 per person.

For ticket information and reservations, call Gail Yeiser at 301-405-2434, or go to www.mdagcouncil.com.

For more information about the dinner, call Susan Summers, council executive director, at 301-865-1045.

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