Frequently Asked Questions


MAEF’s mission is to promote the importance of agriculture in everyone’s daily lives.


The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to increasing agricultural literacy and agricultural education, MAEF is a nonprofit organization with programs serving pre-kindergarten through post-secondary audiences. MAEF signature programs include “Infusing Ag in the Classroom” professional development courses for teachers; mobile science labs; mobile agricultural showcases and Maryland FFA. Funded by the Maryland “ag tag” license plate revenues, gifts, grants and program fees.

Why Teach about Agriculture?

Agriculture plays a critical role in our lives. It provides an experiential teaching tool for the core curricula of science, social studies, life skills, mathematics, and language arts. Incorporating agriculture into teaching and learning creates the foundation that students, as future citizens, need to make educated decisions regarding food choices and nutrition, community issues, land use planning, and natural resource conservation.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1989.

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

How is MAEF Funded?

– Grants

– Individual


-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