Jamie Tiralla Prince Frederick, Maryland

Jamie Tiralla

Wife. Mother. Farmer. Entrepreneur.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

Woodrow Wilson

Mission

To build connections and collect meaningful experiences.

 

Leadership Philosophy

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” —Seth Godin
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” —Ken Kesey

Leadership is give and take. It’s a process of constantly learning new things and challenging the status quo. It’s coming up with innovative ideas and following through. It’s being willing to get outside of your comfort zone and see things from a new perspective. And always welcoming new people to the table.

 

Advocacy Skills

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. — Nelson Mandela
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb

I advocate for a robust agricultural industry that provides farmers with the tools and resources they need to run successful and profitable businesses. There is no “right way to farm,” only a right way for each individual farmer.

I believe that farmers are the original stewards of the land. Conservation is one of my key issues and I advocate for:

  • Environmental Conservation Practices
  • Land Conservation Programs
  • Programs that strengthen and support farmers as businesspeople and individuals

 

Experience

Co-owner, Monnett Farms
115 acre farm in Southern Maryland, producing lamb, goat and beef for direct-to-consumer sale on the farm and at farmers’ markets.

Founder, All Ag Media
Agricultural-focused marketing agency that specializes in graphic design and communication strategies for farms, food-based businesses and agricultural organizations.

Fellow, LEAD Maryland Class IX
Two year fellowship program studying agriculture, natural resources and rural communities in Maryland. International study trip to UAE and India (2016).

AFBF Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class 9
Two year leadership training program studying advocacy and communication skills within the agricultural industry. International study trip to the UK and Belgium.

District Director, Maryland Farm Bureau

Past Chair, Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee

Board Member, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture — Future Harvest

Advisory Board Member, Maryland Rural Legacy

Member, Maryland Department of Agriculture Young Farmers Advisory Board

Featured Accomplishments

Maryland Farm and Harvest, Episode 407

Without Land, Farmers Can’t Farm

Stateline, by April Simpson, Dec. 13, 2018

Small Farms Learn Inexpensive Marketing Solutions

Lancaster Farming, by Martin Short, Nov. 16, 2018

Reflections on AFBF PAL Program

Maryland Farm Bureau Chesapeake Bay Farm & Food, by Jamie Tiralla, Fall 2018 Issue

Young Farmer ‘Plus’

American Agriculturalist, by Shelby Watson-Hampton, Aug. 22, 2018

Monnett Farms’ Goat Featured on Menu at Governor’s Buy Local Cookout

June 2018

Tiralla returns from AFBF trip to England, Brussels

Delmarva Farmer, by Sean Clougherty, published Mar. 23, 2018

What do Livestock Farmers do in the Winter

My Maryland Farmer, December 2017

Farmers Share Ideas on How to Sustain Businesses

Lancaster Farming, by Janice Booth, Nov. 3, 2017

Senator Van Hollen Meets with Calvert Farmers

Calvert Recorder, by Tamara Ward, Jul. 7, 2017

Farm Bureau Selects PAL Class 9

American Farm Bureau Federation Newsroom, Apr. 14, 2017

2016 Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award

Maryland Farm Bureau Chesapeake Bay Farm & Food, by Katie Ward, Winter 2016

Millennials Look to Job Opportunities in Farming

U.S. News & World Report, by Danielle Prieur, Aug. 11, 2016

The Faces of Farming: Monnett Farms

Calvert Recorder, by Sarah Fleischman, May 12, 2016