OWINGS MILLS, MD –Maryland Public Television’s popular original series Maryland Farm & Harvest has been renewed for a third season starting in November 2015. The Emmy®-nominated series puts a human face on Maryland’s agriculture industry, telling the stories of the people who grow the state’s food and fiber.

The series chronicles the successes and the challenges that local farmers face working in the state’s number one industry. Last season Maryland Farm & Harvest featured more than 25 farms in counties across Maryland, from a solar-powered poultry farm in Wicomico to a popular corn maze in Prince George’s to a local maple syrup maker in Garrett.

Joanne Clendining, who earned an Emmy® from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as the program host, will return as the host of season 3.

The series airs on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and is rebroadcast on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m. Each show will also re-air on MPT’s secondary channel, MPT2, on Fridays at 6 p.m.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT’s co-production partner for Maryland Farm & Harvest. Major funding is provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.

Additional funding is provided by  MidAtlantic Farm Credit; the Maryland Soybean Board; Maryland’s Best; the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation; the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts.  Other support comes from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association; the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association; the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.; the Maryland Farm Bureau Service Company; Willard Agri-Service; the Maryland Grape Growers Association; the Maryland Horse Industry; and the Mar-Del Watermelon Association.

For more information visit mpt.org/farm.

About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows.  Beyond broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through year-round instructional events and the super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 19 million page views annually.  MPT’s community engagement connects viewers with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.