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Thompson set to debut ag watchdog; Hoot retiring

By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
Senior Editor

(Sept. 27, 2016) The 25-year-old daughter of a Queen Anne’s County farm family is embarking on a business venture devoted to her passion — the advocacy of agriculture.
She is Lindsay Dodd Thompson, who grew up on the Dodd family’s Springfield Farm in Carmichael, and who on this Friday will officially launch Thompson Ag Consultants, which will provide association management and legislative watchdog services to eight organizations within the agricultural industry.
The firm is the successor to Maryland Agricultural Associates, founded by Lynne Hoot 27 years ago to give voice and legislative presence to such organizations as the Maryland Grain Producers Association.
Hoot is retiring — she will do so officially at a dinner Friday — and has sold her MAA venture to Thompson.
The offices of the firm, which have been in the basement of the Hoot home in Edgewater, on the outskirts of Annapolis for a quarter-century, are being moved to the area of Ruthsburg, near Centreville.
Thompson will retain two other full-time employees of Hoot’s firm.
Continuing with the organization as assistant administrator is Marguerite Guare. And Danielle Bauer, who only recently joined MAA, will serve Thompson Ag Consultants as program and public relations director.
Hoot announced her intention to retire in February. She and her husband, Jerry, plan to travel.
They have a sailboat, which they recently brought up from Florida and plan to go to the Bahamas next winter.
The couple has a daughter in Guam and a son in Utah and they plan to visit.
She said “there are lots of places in the world we have not seen and we intend to expand our horizons.”
Thompson Ag Consultants, as did Maryland Ag Associates, will serve the Maryland Grain Producers Association, the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, the Maryland Pork Producers Association, the Delaware-Maryland Agribusiness Association, the Maryland Certified Crop Advisor program, the Maryland Green Industry Council and Croplife America which represents companies manufacturing crop protection chemicals.
Thompson is no stranger to the halls of the Maryland State Legislature.
She was graduated from Washington College with a degree in political science and a minor in” Law, Justice and Society.”
She received her master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2014.
During her college years, she served initially as a legislative intern and then, while seeking her master’s, as a fulltime legislative aide.
Thompson joined Maryland Agricultural Associates as the policy and programs assistant in September, 2013, while completing her studies for her master’s.
She admits to a passion for agricultural advocacy.
“Agriculture is very near to my heart,” she once wrote in an essay as Miss Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau.“I want people to know that farmers do as much as they can to help our country and environment.”
Thompson and her husband, Jared, live on the Dodd family farm.
Guare, currently of Annapolis, has worked for MAA and seven of its non-profits since March 2000 — serving as the administrative assistant for all seven and webmaster for four of them. She is an ardent photographer.
Bauer, currenty of Chestertown, is the 24-year-old daughter of a Howard County farm family. She attended West Virginia University, majoring in agriculture and hoping to launch a career in agricultural advocacy.
She was employed as a marketing associate by a farm insurance firm before joining Maryland Ag Associates.