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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2019 — Maryland

State Contact

Ms Susanne Zilberfarb
Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation
P.O. Box 536
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
P: 410.939.9030

Classroom Resources

Nine lessons were developed/prepared to accompany the 2019 Ag Literacy book,Right This Very Minute". These can be found at:

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Mobile Science Labs - visited 19 of 23 counties visiting 92 schools with 50,983 student visits with the help of 325 volunteers. General Outreach - MD Agriculture Showcase was visited by more than 50,000 people. 22 elementary teachers participated in MAEF's first 8-week hybrid AITC course in partnership with Goucher College. 100% of these teachers reported use of AITC resources and lessons in their classrooms within 1 week of receiving them. Maryland FFA - has grown to 50 chapters with 2,448 members. MAEF provides the state staff for MD FFA including the executive director and program coordinator. 2 new ag programs were established in Maryland at Washington County Technical High & Somerset Career Tech Center.


Susanne Zilberfarb joined MAEF in 2019 as executive director after 25 years with the soybean checkoff boards in Maryland and Delaware, where she directed marketing and education programs and served as executive director. A graduate of Salisbury University with a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and a minor in Sociology, Susanne invested in her agricultural career by completing the LEAD Maryland agricultural leadership fellowship and the Annie's Project farm management course in addition to adult continuing education in nonprofit accounting, website design and Spanish. She was a certified Master Gardener with Virginia Tech for 11 years prior to returning to Maryland. She is a member of the board of directors of the Maryland FFA Association, Maryland Agriculture Council, and has been nominated for a seat on the Maryland Environmental Trust board.