Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Change In Operations
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020
The Offices will not be accessible to the Public until advised by Parks that we may open our office to the Public.
Continue reading below for more information.
Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD)’s major function is to analyze natural resource needs and provide technical services to design and implement programs to solve soil and water conservation problems. District staff work closely with state extension and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to provide a science-based approach to these areas of agricultural production. Although landowners pay for implementation of Best Management Practices, the technical services provided by the District are without cost.
Notice: Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Change In Operations
In response to the Montgomery County Government and Governor Larry Hogan’s actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the agricultural agencies are altering their operations as outlined below.
The Agricultural History Farm Park (AHFP) building is closed to the general public until further notice.
All of the agencies are currently functioning, and staff will be available during the normal business hours of 8am – 4:30pm; however, employees are teleworking. We will be utilizing technology and electronic formats and appointments will be held via email and/or conference call.
University of Maryland Extension (UME)
Leave a message at 301-590-9638 which is being monitored during these business hours and your message will be routed to the appropriate faculty or staff.
All UME in-person public meetings will be cancelled, postponed or held via teleconference.
Governor Hogan issued an executive order providing a grace period for any state licenses, permits and/or registrations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. Renewal deadlines will be extended up to 30 days after the state of emergency is lifted. This order applies to a number of items issued by MDA programs, including but not limited to: pesticide applicator licenses, State Chemist product registrations and nutrient management certifications.
Any questions regarding specific programs or services should be emailed to your program leader or email@example.com to be directed to the proper person.
Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD)
During this time, the MSCD will be focusing on 3 areas of critical operations listed below. All other services will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Coordinating with appropriate officials concerning any imminent environmental water quality impact;
Providing oversight with construction projects that are ongoing and underway;
Processing cost share program payments to minimize delays for reimbursements to cooperators.
For MSCD, NRCS, please call 301-590-2855 or 301-590-2831 – calls will be returned as soon as possible.
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Please call the Frederick office 301-662-1321 or email Missy Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery County Office of Agriculture (OAG)
The OAG is currently continuing all of its programs and services remotely.
For ag preservation, zoning or technical assistance, email Mike.Scheffel@montgomerycountymd.gov
For administrative questions or questions related to the ACRE program, email Jacqueline.email@example.com
Other inquiries or assistance, please call 301-590-2830 Calls will be returned as soon as possible. or email Jeremy.Criss@montgomerycountymd.gov
This is a rapidly changing situation and further actions may become necessary as conditions are reassessed and warranted.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Please understand that these measures, although temporary, are necessary to limit in-person transactions and safeguard the health of its employees, stakeholders and the general public.
For more information on the statewide response to COVID-19, please visit https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/
For Montgomery County COVID-19 information, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus.html
Email an MSCD Staff Member for Conservation Support
We're thrilled to announce that Montgomery SCD won THREE awards at the 2018 Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts annual conference:
Conservation Education District
3rd place in the MidAtlantic Farm Credit Outstanding District Award