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Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grants Now Available From MARBIDCO

ANNAPOLIS (September 19, 2017) The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has announced a grant funding opportunity to encourage Maryland's agricultural producers to engage in value-added activities and pursue financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grants Program (USDA-VAPG). The USDA-VAPG is a highly competitive nationwide grants program with approximately $18 million available for distribution in 2018. These federal grant funds, which can range up to as much as $250,000, can be used for planning or working capital expenses in accordance with USDA regulations. Eligible purposes include feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for producing and marketing value-added agricultural products, and for farm-based renewable energy projects.

MARBIDCO is making available Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grants (MVAPMG) of up to 15% of the amount of a USDA-VAPG award to help an eligible applicant meet the one-for-one non-federal financial matching requirement (with a cap of $25,000). All applicants that meet the MARBIDCO requirements will receive a commitment of matching funds to be included with their federal USDA-VAPG application. A MVAPMG monetary award from MARBIDCO will only be provided to an applicant that is selected to receive USDA-VAPG funding.     

The application submission deadline for the national USDA-VAPG program is January 31, 2018. Questions regarding the USDA-VAPG can be addressed to the Maryland/Delaware Office of USDA - Rural Development at 302-857-3629, or visit USDA’s website for more information: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants.

Applicants seeking to receive a commitment of matching funds from MARBIDCO must submit an application at least two weeks prior to the federal submission deadline. The deadline for the submission of hand-delivered MARBIDCO applications is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (or by mail, postmarked no later than January 16, 2018).

For more information and to download the MVAPMG application form: http://www.marbidco.org/business/mvapg.html. Questions about the MVAPMG may also be addressed by contacting Andra Davis, MARBIDCO Financial Programs Specialist, at 410-267-6807.

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MARBIDCO Announces Maryland Value Added Producer Grant Program Recipients

Annapolis (December 19, 2016) – The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) announced today the recipients of a total of $164,445 in grant awards that will help a number of agricultural businesses with implementing value-added projects located in nine counties around Maryland.  Sixteen project requests were submitted in a competitive process and thirteen were approved for funding.

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) grant incentive funding opportunity encourages Maryland's agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations by installing capital assets (equipment and fixtures) to make a product that is “value added.”  MARBIDCO offers grants of between $2,500 and $15,000, distributed on a competitive basis, for capital projects that help farmers, forest product operations, and seafood processors to expand or diversify their business operations. The financial match required from the rural business must be at least equal to the amount requested from MARBIDCO.

The following is a brief overview of the thirteen projects selected to receive grants under the MVAPG-CAO program:

  • Southern Maryland Wine Growers Cooperative ($10,012) – Matching funds to increase capacity of an existing wine tasting room and purchase equipment in St. Mary’s County.
  • Fox Meadow Produce, LLC ($15,000) – Matching funds to purchase a produce shrink wrap machine for targeted sales in Talbot County.
  • Tobacco Barn Distillery, LLC ($15,000) – Matching funds to purchase barrels for distilling product and a security system in St. Mary’s County.
  • Working H Meats & Market, LLC ($7,860) – Matching funds to purchase equipment to be used for meat processing in Garrett County.
  • BP Todd & Son, Inc. ($15,000) – Matching funds to replace and upgrade equipment for blue crab meat processing in Dorchester County.
  • Walnut Ridge Farm, LLC ($5,500) – Matching funds to purchase equipment and install a commercial kitchen on a farm in Allegany County.
  • Battle Creek Beef, LLC ($15,000) – Matching funds to purchase a freezer and food trailer on a farm in Calvert County.
  • Lindy’s Seafood, Inc. ($15,000) – Matching funds to purchase a date code machine and an ice machine in Dorchester County.
  • Falling Branch Brewery ($15,000) – Matching funds to complete a renovation of a brewery production facility and purchase equipment in Harford County.
  • The Flower Barn ($8,741) – Matching funds to construct a facility for floral design and cut flower storage in Caroline County.
  • Russell Hall Seafood, Inc. ($15,000) – Matching funds to purchase an ice machine for storage of freshly packaged fish bait in Dorchester County.
  • The JM Clayton Co., Inc. ($12,332) – Matching funds to purchase equipment to separate crab meat from shell in Dorchester County.
  • Painted Sky Fiber Mill, LLC ($15,000) – Matching funds to purchase a large carder/fiber separator on an alpaca farm in Cecil County.

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Maryland Department of Agriculture Issues Request for Proposals:
Manure Management Technologies

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Dec. 15, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued a grant solicitation for demonstration projects from vendors, businesses, and individuals offering technologies that can improve the management and utilization of manure and other nutrient-rich, on-farm generated waste products. Nutrients are a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Maryland and the other Bay jurisdictions are working to reduce the amount of nutrients—mainly nitrogen and phosphorus—from entering the Bay in order to meet the 2025 clean water goals established by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). While poultry litter and livestock manure make excellent fertilizers and soil amendments, their use as a crop fertilizer creates challenges for farms with high soil phosphorus levels. To help these producers protect waterways from excess phosphorus and remain profitable, Maryland is investing in innovative technologies that support new uses for manure such as alternative product development and manure-to-energy projects that add value to the farm business model.

Maryland farmers have long been leaders in managing nutrients, demonstrating that it is possible to be profitable and conservation-minded at the same time. Since 1998, Maryland farmers have been required to follow nutrient management plans when fertilizing crops and managing animal manure. In 2015, Maryland farmers began transitioning to the Phosphorus Management Tool, an updated tool that identifies areas where there is a high risk for phosphorus runoff. 

Maryland’s Animal Waste Technology Fund is a grant program that provides seed funding to companies that demonstrate innovative technologies to manage or repurpose manure resources. The program is a key component of Governor Larry Hogan’s broader Agriculture Phosphorus Initiative to improve water quality, strengthen agriculture, and bolster rural economies. The Fund has $3 million available to invest in innovative technologies during State Fiscal Year  2017, which ends June 30, 2017. A minimum of $1 million will be directed at projects with a renewable energy component. There is no maximum or minimum request. Vendors, businesses, and individuals are invited to respond to this grant solicitation which may be downloaded from the department’s website

Proposals should be submitted by 4 p.m. local time on March 15, 2017 to: 
Ms. Louise Lawrence
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Office of Resource Conservation
50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Email: louise.lawrence@maryland.gov
Fax: 410-841-5734

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2017 Kathleen A.P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program Now Open

Annapolis (October 31, 2016) - Maryland agricultural businesses are invited to compete for grants to support energy efficiency projects or combined energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

For successful applicants, funding will cover up to 50% of the project cost for energy efficiency measures and up to 25% for renewable energy measures, to a maximum total grant of $150,000.

Minimum project size is $20,000. Get details on program requirements and apply now!

MEA will hold two informational webinars on this grant program:
                  1:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016
                  11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Questions or for more information call (800) 732-1399 • (410) 537-4068
APPLICATIONS DUE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016.

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Maryland Value Added Producer Grants for Capital Assets Now Available From MARBIDCO

Annapolis (July 7, 2016)…. The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has announced a grant incentive funding opportunity to encourage Maryland's agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations by installing capital assets (equipment and fixtures) to make a product that is “value added.” Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor, and have been in business for a minimum of two years.

MARBIDCO will offer grants of between $2,500 and $15,000, distributed on a competitive basis, for capital projects that help farmers, forest product operations, and seafood processors to expand or diversify their business operations. The financial match required from the rural business must be at least equal to the amount requested from MARBIDCO.

The submission deadline for applicants seeking to receive Maryland Value Added Producer Grants – Capital Assets Option Program (MVAPG–CAO) grants from MARBIDCO is Tuesday, October 18, 2016; no later than 4:00 p.m. at the MARBIDCO office in Annapolis. (Applications received in the mail with a Friday, October 14, 2016, postmark will also be accepted.)  Late applications will not be accepted. Grant award announcements will be made in November 2016.

Further information about the MVAPG–CAO Program may also be obtained by contacting Andra Davis, MARBIDCO Financial Programs Specialist, at (410) 267-6807, or by clicking here to find Frequently Asked Questions and here for a PDF of the MVAPG-CAO Program application form.

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FY 2017 MAERDAF Now Open for Applications

Annapolis (May 2016) - The Rural Maryland Council has announced for Fiscal Year 2017 that the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) is now open for applications. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2016.

For Fiscal Year 2017, the RMC is particularly interested in proposals that address the following:  Agriculture, Energy, Rural Broadband, Healthcare, Youth Engagement and Workforce/Economic Development. Regardless, the Grant Review Board will give full consideration to any application that is submitted. Please visit rmc.mda@maryland.gov for instructions and the application.

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Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grants Now Available From MARBIDCO

Annapolis (April 2016) - The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has announced a grant funding opportunity to encourage Maryland's agricultural producers to engage in value-added activities and pursue financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value Added Producer Grants Program (USDA-VAPG).  The USDA-VAPG is a highly competitive nationwide grants program with approximately $44 million available for distribution in 2016. These grant funds, which can range up to as much as $250,000, can be used for planning or working capital expenses in accordance with USDA regulations. Eligible purposes include feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for producing and marketing value-added agricultural products, and for farm-based renewable energy projects.

MARBIDCO is making available Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grants (MVAPMG) of up to 15% of the amount of a USDA-VAPG award to help an eligible applicant meet the non-federal financial matching requirement (with a cap of $25,000).  All applicants that meet the MARBIDCO requirements will receive a commitment of matching funds to be included with their federal USDA-VAPG application.  A MVAPMG monetary award from MARBIDCO will only be provided to an applicant that is selected to receive USDA-VAPG funding.         

The application submission deadline for the national USDA-VAPG program is Friday, July 1, 2016. Questions regarding the USDA-VAPG can be addressed to the Maryland/Delaware Office of USDA-Rural Development at 302/857-3629, or visit USDA’s website for more information: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG_Grants.html. Also, a useful guide for the USDA-VAPG can be found at http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016_4-NSAC-VAPG-Farmers-Guide-FINAL-1.pdf.

Applicants seeking to receive a commitment of matching funds from MARBIDCO must submit an application at least two weeks prior to the federal submission deadline. The deadline for the submission of hand-delivered MARBIDCO applications is Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. (or by mail, postmarked no later than June 13, 2016). Please visit the MARBIDCO website for more information and to download the MVAPMG application form here. Questions about the MVAPMG may also be addressed by contacting Andra Davis, MARBIDCO Financial Programs Specialist, at 410/267-6807.

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MARBICO Has Moved!

Annapolis (November 2014) - MARBIDCO has recently moved their offices to a new office suite down the hall from their previous location at Clock Tower Place in Annapolis. 

Please note that all phone numbers and staff e-mail addresses remain the same.

MARBIDCO's address is:

MARBIDCO
1410 Forest Drive
Suite 21
Annapolis, MD 21403

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What's New at MARBIDCO?


MARBIDCO is launching the Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program (NGFAP) on
July 1, 2017. Click here for more information.


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2017 Maryland Value Added Producer Grant-Capital Assets Option (MVAPG-CAO) Program is now available. Click here for more information.

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MARBIDCO's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 is now Available!

AR2015
Click Here to View


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New! MARBIDCO General Brochure

To learn more about MARBIDCO, its programs, and how we benefit lenders and borrowers, click here for our new marketing brochure.

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Two Oyster Aquaculture Loan Programs Available:

Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Loan

Maryland Remote Setting Shellfish Aquaculture Loan

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Farm Energy Efficiency Information

Rural Business Energy Efficiency
Improvements Loan Fund
Click Here for Application

Do you need an Agricultural Energy Management Plan done?
Click Here for Details

Interested in solar, wind or renewable energy, please visit the Maryland Clean Energy Center or the Maryland Energy Administration.

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Installment Purchase Agreements for Easement Sellers!
Click Here for Details

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See Loan Applications Now Available
Click Here for Details


Upcoming Regional
Ag Information


The deadline for Northeast Sustainable Ag Research and Education (NESARE) 2018 Farmer Grants is December 5, 2017 and awards will be announced in March, 2018.

Click here for more information http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Farmer-Grant.


Other Rural Business
News of Note

MDA Weekly Grain Marketing Report
Click here for MDA's Weekly Grain Marketing Report

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Lender Requirement for Beginning Farmer Loan Programs
The Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy and UME's Beginning Farmer Success program have developed a fact sheet to help beginning farmers understand the various credit sources available in the state of Maryland and the requirements associated with each credit source, such as USDA's Farm Service Agency, a Farm Credit lender, or MARBICO. Click here for the Credit Fact Sheet or here for online information.

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Keystone Development Center
Keystone Development Center (a non-profit, cooperative development center), is dedicated to providing technical and research assistance to groups who wish to organize as cooperatives. News and informative articles can be found at http://www.kdc.coop/blog/.

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Funding Sources for Agriculture
Check out this list prepared by University of Maryland Extension which was developed to assist farmers and producers locate funding sources and technical assistance for their operations. The list includes funding sources from federal, state and non-profit agencies.
Click Here for Details

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Are you looking to start a farm or
rural business?

The Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center (MREDC) announces new website to assist the agricultural and natural resources community:www.mredc.umd.edu
Click Here for Information

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"The Impact of Resource Based Industries on the Maryland Economy"
Prepared by: BEACON, Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University
Click Here to View PDF

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2012 USDA Census of Agriculture
Click Here

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Maryland Niche Meats and Poultry Producers Directory

Maryland's niche meats and poultry producers and the Ag Marketing Program of the University of Maryland Extension have joined together to produce the first, "Maryland Niche Meats and Poultry Producers' Directory". The purpose of this directory is to help restaurants, consumers, food brokers, producers, or anyone looking to purchase the freshest, best quality farm-raised meats available directy from Maryland farmers who raise it. Farmers' Market Masters can use the directory to locate and recruit vendors from Maryland's rapidly growing number of farmers' markets.

This directory has been organized by product for ease of aggregating suppliers. Many producers offer multiple products. The list is always growing and expanding, so the latest listings will be available online at:
http://extension.umd.edu/agmarketing/additional-resources/maryland-niche-meats-and-poultry-producers-online-directory

Ag Marketing web site link: http://extension.umd.edu/agmarketing


Featured Websites

Start2Farm and Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program was developed to assist people new to farming or ranching and those who have less than 10 years experience.
www.start2farm.gov

Farmers Market Directory

Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans

Annie's Project focuses on many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making. Visit Annie's online at:
http://extension.umd.edu/annies-project

The Keystone Development Center's mission is to sustain communities, economies, and resources in rural areas through cooperatively owned businesses. For more information click on www.kdc.coop/welcome.

USDA: Know Your Farmer Know Your Food

Maryland Rural Enterprise
Development Center (MREDC)

http://extension.umd.edu/mredc

Find the Best Local products
from Maryland Farmers:
www.marylandsbest.net

Maryland Agriculture Exchange: Buy, Sell and Trade Agricultural products: www.agtrader.org

Find local products in grocery stores, restaurants and farmer's markets: www.localharvest.org

Celebrate local sustainable food and
serve healthy food choices:
www.sustainabletable.org

MARBIDCO, 1410 Forest Drive, Suite 21, Annapolis MD 21403 Office: 410-267-6807 General Info:larnold@marbidco.org
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