Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF)?

MAEF is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c3 operating under the guidance of a 25 member Board of Directors. The Foundation was incorporated in 1989 following recommendations of a Governor’s task force reviewing the status of agriculture in education in Maryland

– The task force recommended establishing an independent organization whose purpose would be to educate Marylanders about the important role agriculture plays in their lives

– MAEF conducts a variety of educational and promotional programs throughout the state using agriculture, nutrition & natural resources as the tools for teaching core subjects, STEM and Next Generation Science.

Why is it important for Marylanders to know about agriculture or to be agriculturally literate?

As the nation moves away from an agrarian-oriented society to a manufacturing, technology and service oriented society, fewer people have the opportunity for first-hand experience with the production of food, fiber and other products upon which their lives depend for survival

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How is MAEF Funded?

  • Grants
  • Individual
  • Contributions
  • Corporate sponsors
  • Ag Tag Revenues
  • Fundraiser Programs
  • Service Fees
  • Commodity Sponsors
  • Endowment Development

How has MAEF expanded its programming?

Middle School and High School Ag in the Classroom – Biotechnology, science and technology, Integrative teacher training workshops for formal and non-formal educators, supporting MD Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, supporting MD Envirothon, supporting Maryland Farm to School, statewide program consulting, and expanded teacher training