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Department Recognizes Outstanding Employee of the 2019 Fourth Quarter

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 12, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture honored employee Deborah Hayes, nursery inspection administrative officer for the department’s Plant Protection and Weed Management Program, with an outstanding performance award for the fourth quarter of 2019. Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder recognized Deborah at the department’s staff meeting yesterday afternoon.

“I take pride in the employees that work at the Maryland Department of Agriculture and serve our great state,” said Sec. Bartenfelder. “Deborah has consistently demonstrated an outstanding performance in her time at the department and shown amazing initiative in her role as new responsibilities were added. Congratulations to Deborah on receiving this well-deserved award and thank you for all you do for the department’s Plant Protection and Weed Management Program.”

Deborah Hayes was nominated by her supervisor for this recognition. In the past few months, Deborah has taken the lead on several new priority projects for the Plant Protection and Weed Management Program, such as developing agreements to assist licensed business with their sales and developing standards for a regulated industry in Maryland. She has executed each task with a high level of productivity and strong diligence. When faced with difficulties, Deborah has approached each situation in a very professional and consistent manner. Her strong work ethic and incredible time management have been critical to advancing the goals of the program and the department.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888

Megan Guilfoyle
Public Information Officer
Telephone: 410-841-5889