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Posted on: January 9, 2018

SMADC Presents $125,000 in Funding Awards for Regional Agriculture Enhancement Projects


The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission recently presented  $125,000 to support regional agricultural projects.

The funding supports Regional Agriculture Projects (RAP) that benefit Southern Maryland farming communities.

All five Southern Maryland counties collaborated with their county Farm Bureaus, Soil Conservation Districts and county governments to identify much-needed enhancements for their agricultural communities. Every county provided matching funds to their projects for a total regional investment of $980,000. Resulting projects and partnerships offer potential to boost economic viability for all types of farming enterprise and strengthen cross-county relationships.

Projects include the restoration of an historic dairy barn in Anne Arundel County for agriculture education programs and meeting space, an online infrastructure and content management system for Calvert County to provide opportunity for all producers to have a presence on the internet, a soil health demonstration project for Prince George’s County to help educate the farming community on best management practices that improve soil health, and a new enclosed farmers market building for St. Mary’s County that provides utility services to allow the expanded sale of refrigerated value-added products.

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