TOP STORY, Aug. 2, 2016
Councell honored with James R. Miller Award
CENTREVILLE, Md. — Phillip “Chip” Councell a 10th generation farmer from Cordova, Md., has been honored as the 2016 recipient of the Dr. James R. Miller award, the coveted recognition of the Maryland Grain Producers Association.
The Miller award, named in honor and memory of the former chairman of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Maryland, recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the well-being of Maryland’s grain producers
He and his family farm corn, soybeans, wheat, fresh market vegetables and timber in Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties.
They also run Councell Farms, a retail farm market, creamery and agritourism operation on Route 50 north of Easton.
Councell and his wife, Jo Ann, have been married for more than 30 years and have two children and five grandchildren.
Councell now serves as the chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their related products worldwide.
He also serves as a director for MAIZAL, an association of corn grower leadership from Argentina, Brazil and the United States.
As Chip has increased his involvement in USGC, he has become the “go to” for trade missions visiting this country.
One of his most prestigious visitors was Han Changfu, the Chinese minister of Agriculture who visited along with his entourage in September 2015.
A historic Cuban trade delegation visited in April 2016 and was eager to learn the benefits of biotechnology for potential use in Cuba.
At the state level, Councell has served on both the Maryland Grain Producers Association Board and the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. He is a director of the Talbot County Farm Bureau and served for 10 years on the Talbot County Board of Appeals.
In 2010, the Tri-County Ruritan presented the Councell family with its “Citizen of the Year” award for community support and involvement including donating food to the Maryland Food Bank and St. Vincent DePaul.
In 2015, Gov. Hogan inducted the Councell family into the Maryland Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The Talbot Soil Conservation District also named Councell Farms the “2010 Cooperator of the Year” award for its dedication to stewardship and conservation.