Agriculture Committee


Who We Are

The agriculture study committee monitors actions that affect Montgomery County’s agricultural land and rural open space preserved through the 1980 Master Plan: the 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve.  We meet monthly or as necessary to review meetings and discussions by government agencies that pertain to issues affecting the Reserve. Meeting times are flexible and depend upon the time availability of committee members.

What  We Do 

During the past 2 years the county planning department has conducted a study of agritourism to identify "ways to enhance the economic opportunities in the county’s award winning Agricultural Reserve."  The committee will review the study’s defined goals and the various solutions recommended to accomplish the goals. After discussion to inform our members, the committee will comment where appropriate.  Another focus for the Ag Committee is to study the issues regarding farm labor housing that came before the planning board early this summer. The study committee will monitor county action regarding this and other topics that come before the Council (such as commercial solar fields) to ensure that the 1980 Master Plan for the Preservation of Agriculture and Rural Open Space continues to be properly implemented.

What We’re Keeping an Eye On

  • Planning Board Agenda
  • County Council Agenda
  • Food Security Activity
  • The Count Climate Study

Contact: Margaret Chasson –, 301-942-0497