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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…

Rural Maryland Council MAERDAF/RMPIF Grant Information Webinar

The Rural Maryland Council held an  information webinar on two grant programs, the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF). The webinar included information about past recipients, requirements, eligibility and application process. If you were unable to attend the webinar, view the recording here. Access the  Read the Rest…

Regional Rural Broadband Forum a Great Success

  The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnered together to host a Regional Rural Broadband Forum on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, Maryland. Internet access is becoming an important aspect of rural life and a top priority for many rural residents. Broadband  Read the Rest…

Governor Signs Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On May 25, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 717/ House Bill 1169 – Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017. The legislation establishes the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service. The 22-member task force, which includes four members of the Senate and four members of  Read the Rest…

Task force to remedy the digital divide holds forum

ANNAPOLIS — With a global economy high-speed internet and broadband service are the great equalizer. However, when reliable, affordable high-speed internet is not available, which is often is the case in Maryland’s rural areas, that equalizer becomes a barrier — a barrier to economic development for businesses, educational opportunities for students, specialized health care for  Read the Rest…

Recently Passed Fiscal Year 2018 Maryland Operating Budget Includes Historic Funding For Rural Communities

RECENTLY PASSED FISCAL YEAR 2018 MARYLAND OPERATING BUDGET INCLUDES HISTORIC FUNDING FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES   Annapolis, MD – On April 10, 2017, the Maryland Legislature adjourned Sine Die. Among the session’s many accomplishments, the Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2018 State Operating Budget which includes funds to support the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF),  Read the Rest…

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