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Rural Maryland Council Announces FY 2018 Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) Grant Recipients

PRESS RELEASE The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) was established in 2000 to offer financial assistance to rural nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education. In addition, MAERDAF offers grants to community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses  with enhanced  Read the Rest…

Rural Maryland Council Announces FY 2018 Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) Grant Recipients

PRESS RELEASE The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund supports the Rural Maryland Council’s activities and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), which provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. It also supports the states’ five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development, and rural health care  Read the Rest…

Farming 4 Hunger cultivates new lives while feeding the hungry

Prince Frederick, MD– Recidivism or the rate at which convicted criminals return to prison increases as opportunities for employment and successfully reentering society decreases. A Calvert County nonprofit organization called Farming 4 Hunger (F4H) is taking aim at that fact by literally cultivating new productive citizens who learn about farming who in turn feed impoverished  Read the Rest…

New SunX Wet Lab Opens at Eastern Shore Innovation Center

–Co-op Users Sought to Share Space for Testing and Research–   Cambridge, Maryland, July 24, 2017 – The Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC) at the Dorchester Regional Technology Park has added a 1,100-square foot commercial wet laboratory.  It is the first facility of its kind on the Delmarva Peninsula available for co-op use by businesses  Read the Rest…

‘Catch of the Day’ a success at Calvert Marine Museum

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland reports that the sixth annual Southern Maryland Regional Hiring Event was a huge success, according to a news release. The saw 1,089 jobseekers on Tuesday, June 20, at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. The majority came from the Southern Maryland area with 382 from St. Mary’s County, 305  Read the Rest…

Rural Maryland Foundation Transfer of Wealth Finalization

Over the last couple of months, the Rural Maryland Foundation and the Center for Entrepreneurship have been working together to conduct a Maryland Transfer of Wealth (TOW) Opportunity Project. America’s communities are struggling to find the financial resources necessary to support community and economic development. Traditional sources such as government funding is stagnant or declining. In  Read the Rest…

Gov. Hogan Creates ‘Office of Rural Broadband’

Governor Larry Hogan recently  announced at the 2017 Maryland Municipal League Conference that he had signed an executive order creating the Office of Rural Broadband in the hopes of providing high-speed internet access to the more rural areas of the state. “It’s about time that happened,” Hogan said. “Very shortly we’ll be appointing a director  Read the Rest…

Cover Crops and Ice Cream Trails

Summer is always a busy time for Maryland farmers, but I wanted to take a moment to give you an update on a few things happening here at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Cover Crop Program The signup period for the department’s 2017-18 Cover Crop Program will run from June 21 to July 17 at  Read the Rest…

Forum Tackles Rural Broadband Expansion in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In many areas of the Eastern Shore, broadband is just not available. “It’s frustrating — we learned that the broadband trunk line goes right down the Eastern Shore for the hospitals, but there’s no access for the little towns like Berlin. We want to offer our businesses reliable WiFi,” said Ann McGinnis  Read the Rest…

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