ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture today announced that Julie Oberg has been named deputy secretary of agriculture, effective January 3. She replaces Jim Eichhorst, who accepted the position of Maryland State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture.

“We are very pleased with this announcement,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Julie’s talent and experience will be a great asset to the Hogan-Rutherford Administration, the department, and our agricultural community.”

As deputy secretary, Oberg will manage the day-to-day operations of the agency and help ensure that its programs continue to serve, promote and regulate the state’s agriculture industry.

“I am honored and excited by the opportunity to help lead the department,” Oberg said. “I look forward to building on my experience at the department and my relationship with the agricultural community to advance the goals of the department, the Administration and our farmers.”

Oberg has been with the State of Maryland since 2004, most recently serving as communications director for the Department of Agriculture. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park.