Contact: Shelby Watson-Hampton
Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
(301) 274 - 1922, Ex. 1

For Immediate Release
July 7, 2018

804 Cattle Company, Prince George's County - 2017 SMADC Mini-Grant Recipient
SMADC Announces Funding for Two New Rounds of
Farmer Mini-Grants

HUGHESVILLE, Md. (July 6, 2018) — The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is pleased to announce two new rounds of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant program. 

The SMADC Mini-Grant program was first launched in 2017. Since the inception of the program 24 projects representing diverse farming operations in all 5 Southern Maryland Counties have been approved for funding.
Mini-Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects. Examples include the purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion activities, fencing, hoop house, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one dollar match by the farmer. Administrative expenses and events are not eligible for program funding.

The first new Mini-Grant round will begin accepting applications July 1, 2018 and close September 1, 2018 with awards being made by mid-October. The second grant round is expected to open in November 2018 and close in January 2019. To access the SMADC Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant Program information (criteria, guidelines, and application form), visit 'Farmer Resources' to find the 'Farm Grants' page at 
See the Mini-Grant Information Page HERE 

Access the SMADC Mini-Grant Submission Form HERE
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is committed to: a) a market-driven and sustainable farming future as Maryland transitions away from tobacco. b) a Maryland where farmland preservation, and environmental stewardship positively impact the quality of our air and water and c) cultivating awareness among consumers and leaders of the vital role our farms play in a balanced community, safe, nutritious food and a cleaner and healthier environment. To learn more about additional programs and resources, contact SMADC, P. O. Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637; phone: 301-274-1922, Ex. 1, fax: 301-274-1924; email ; or visit

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