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Howard County Agriculture Manager Named Lead Fellow

January 14, 2013

COLUMBIA, MD – Kathy Zimmerman, Agricultural Development Manager for the Howard County Economic Development Authority, has been named one of 22 Fellows selected to participate in the 2013-2014 LEAD Class of the LEAD Maryland Foundation. LEAD Maryland Foundation is a non-profit organization associated with the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. Its goal is to increase the number of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources and rural communities.

LEAD Maryland Fellowships are for two years and provide participants with public issues education, skills building, leadership development, and personal growth. By participating in the program, Fellows become better equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, and influence public policy important to Maryland's farmers. LEAD selects Fellows in a competitive process who have demonstrated emerging leadership abilities and a genuine interest in agricultural, natural resources, and rural community issues.

“LEAD Maryland has been remarkably successful in identifying and developing an ongoing cadre of leaders who understand the complexities of agriculture and natural resources,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, who is also a member of the LEAD Board of Directors. “Agriculture and natural resources, as well as rural development issues are far from simple. LEAD Maryland helps ensure that we have informed and effective leaders working on public policy and public education. I congratulate and welcome all of the new Fellows.”

“I am excited to part of this important initiative,” said Zimmerman, who manages agricultural development issues in Howard County. “I am certain that the knowledge gained from being part of this group will translate into stronger programs for Howard County’s agriculture industry and give voice to our farming community.”

For more information, about LEAD Maryland, contact Susan R. Harrison, Executive Director, LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. at 410-827-8056 (ext. 136) or by email at leadmd@umd.edu. For more information about agriculture in Howard County, contact (410) 313-6500.