Maryland Grain Producers

Farmers raising food, fiber and renewable energy

About Us

MGPAMaryland Grain Producers Association

The Maryland Grain Producers Association (MGPA) is a member organization of grain producers in the state. It conducts legislative activities, awards scholarships, and conducts regular meetings to address grain issues. The Maryland Commodity Classic is the Association's annual meeting, held the fourth Thursday of July.

MGPUBMaryland Grain Producers Utilization Board

The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) was established in 1991. Its mission is to increase the profitability of Maryland grain production and to improve public understanding of agriculture using checkoff investments to support promotion, education, and research resulting in greater utilization of grain.  Projects funded are highlighted in the Checkoff Program section and summarized in the Annual Grainstore Funding Report.

Board of Directors

MGPA & MGPUB Regional Members (serve on both boards)
John Bruning (Region 1) Worcester 443-783-4833
Bobby Guy (1) Wicomico 410-546-9191
Jim Saathoff (2) Caroline 410-634-2678
Hank Spies (2) Caroline 410-924-2308
Lewis McDonald (3) Kent 410-991-7817
Evan Miles, Jr. (3) Kent 410-708-0032
Melvin Baile, Jr. (4) Carroll 410-848-3174
Mike Harrison (4) Carroll 410-382-1196
Syd Moreland (5) St. Mary 301-769-2480
Donnie Tennyson (5) St. Mary 301-872-5612
Eric Spates (6) Montgomery 301-428-8033
James Weddle (6) Washington 301-797-3423
National Directors (serve on both boards)
National Association of Wheat Growers Eric Spates, Director NAWG website
National Barley Growers Association Jennie Schmidt, Director NBGA website
National Corn Growers Association Chip Bowling, Chairman NCGA website
U.S. Grains Council Chip Councell, Chairman USGC website
U.S. Wheat Associates Jason Scott, Chairman USW website
Maryland Grain Producers Association
President - Steve Ernst    
Vice President - Evan Miles    
Treasurer - Donnie Tennyson    
Secretary - Melvin Baile    
Voting/At Large
John Hughes    
MDA - Steven Connelly    
Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
President - Jennie Schmidt  
Vice President - Bobby Guy  
Treasurer - Allen Davis  
Secretary - Jim Weddle    
MDA - Mark Powell    
Industry - Aprl Cheesman    
MD Ag Commission - Donald Maring