Agricultural Resources Advisory Committee

The Agricultural Resources Advisory Committee (ARAC) is organized exclusively to serve as a link between the farming community and local government, in pursuit of agricultural activities in the County.

The Committee was defined in CB-07-2012, a County Council act that revised the composition of the Committee and provided for the powers, duties, composition, term, officers, meetings, and annual report of the ARAC. 

The specific powers and duties of this Committee are:

Serve as the central point of information for the farming community regarding governmental programs affecting agricultural, forestry, and land use operations;

  • Advise County government regarding the effect on agricultural operations of existing laws, policies, rules, and regulations;
  • Advise County government regarding the effect on agricultural operations of potential laws, policies, rules, and regulations;
  • Work to establish better communication and understanding between the agricultural industry and the community at large; 
  • Advise the County government on the implementation of state and local initiatives pertaining to development such as, but not limited to, rural legacy, nutrient management, and smart growth programs; and
  • Advise the County government on programs and initiatives to support agricultural economic development

Member Directory

Farm Bureau Representative

Jennifer Cross
Prince George’s County Farm Bureau

Term Expiration: 6/30/2024
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Maryland Cooperative Extension Representative 

Vacant
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Prince George’s County Agricultural Land Preservation 
Advisory Board Representative

Vacant
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Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District Representative

Mr. Steven E. Darcey, CPESC
Executive Director
Prince George’s Soil Conservation District

Term Expiration: 6/30/2023 | EXPIRED – TO BE REPLACED
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United States Department of Agriculture Representative

Vacant
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Non-Farming Interest Representative

Essita R. Duncan

Term Expiration: 6/30/2024
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Prince George’s County Association of Realtors Representative

Cheryl Abrams Davis
Prince George’s County Association of Realtors

Term Expiration: 6/30/2026
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Equine Industry Representative

Vacant
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Forestry Industry Representative

Daniel A. Donohue
Member
Prince George's County Forestry Board

Term Expiration: 6/30/2024
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Citizen Member

Darren T. Gibson, Ed.D.

Term Expiration: 6/30/2023 | EXPIRED – TO BE REPLACED
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Citizen Member (Wine Industry) 

Jo-Ann Romano
Romano Vineyard & Winery

Term Expiration: 6/30/2024
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Citizen Member

William “Bill” O. Ritchie, Jr.

Term Expiration: 6/30/2024
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Citizen Member

Pharyn E. Smith

Term Expiration: 6/30/2024
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Ex-Officio Member Representative

Vacant

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Ex-Officio Member Representative

Vacant