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Contact: Shelby Watson-Hampton
Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
swatsonhampton@smadc.com
240-528-8850, Ext. 328

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2022
 
SMADC Opens Farm Share Equipment Rental Grants
$100,000 in Funds Available


Proposals due by Monday January 16th, 2023
 
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is offering grant funds to support the purchase of farm equipment for the benefit of farmers in the Southern Maryland Region.
 
SMADC invites local Southern Maryland agricultural entities, such as county Farm Bureaus, county Soil Conservation Districts, and local farming and non-profit organizations, to identify farm equipment needs for the agricultural community and apply for the grant to procure equipment that would be shared and rented by farmers across the Southern Maryland region. Funds from SMADC will be made available to purchase the equipment through the grant, however the equipment will be managed by the applying host organizations and these host entities must cover the regular cost of the program, such as routine maintenance and insurance, and may do this through the rental fees procured from farmers to rent their equipment.  
 
Proposals will be accepted from regional entities within the five Southern Maryland counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s), including county Farm Bureaus, county Soil Conservation Districts, local farming and non-profit organizations, etc. Priority will be placed on equipment that promotes long-term environmental sustainability, supports new farm initiatives, is easily transportable, and that may not be otherwise available. 
 
To be considered, proposals must be submitted no later than Monday January 16th, 2023. All proposals/requests must include the following:
  • Cover memo that includes name of entity making request, language to demonstrate proven need for equipment, estimate of projected use and verification that equipment can be easily transported. If requesting more than one piece of equipment, indicate your priority preference.
  • Three bids with price included.
Proposals are due by Monday January 16th, 2023 to: info@smadc.com. Funds will be awarded in md-March, 2023.

Visit 'Farmer Resources' at SMADC.com for details on SMADC's
Farm Equipment Rental Program and current regional equipment inventory. For questions, please contact Susan McQuilkin at:
(240) 528-8850 ext. 327.
 
SMADC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to expanding and promoting a viable and profitable agricultural community that supports farms
and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland and beyond.
Learn more about our work in action and support our work by donating at smadc.com.
 
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