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Governor Hogan, William E. “Brit” Kirwan, award-winning author Amy Goldstein and new AgPitch featured at “Bridging the Divide: Strengthening Rural and Urban Communities” Summit on December 1

ANNAPOLIS, MD – It’s no secret that Maryland’s urban and rural areas have different characteristics and solve issues differently based on their unique characteristics and their resources. However, one Maryland organization, the Rural Maryland Council, chooses to focus on the challenges that they have in common with the ultimate goal of “bridging the divide.” This  Read the Rest…

Taskforce for Rural Broadband October 26, 2017 Meeting

The Taskforce for Rural Broadband met Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Frederick County Government Office, Winchester Hall, in Fredrick, MD. Guest speakers included Mark E. Ripper, President of Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers and Director, Department of Technology Services, Carroll County; Norman Farley, Statewide Interoperable Communications, Maryland Department of Information Technology; Cindy  Read the Rest…

The Voice of Rural Schools & Communities—NREA

John discuss several major cutting-edge rural education issues, including teacher shortages, innovative recruitment practices, and Internet connectivity, with Allen Pratt, the executive director of the National Rural Education Association.  Pratt has recently taken over the helm of NREA, the voice of rural schools and communities, and the oldest established organization of its kind in the  Read the Rest…

Taskforce for Rural Broadband September 19, 2017 Meeting

The Taskforce for Rural Broadband met Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Chesapeake College. Guest speakers included Dr. Michael Scott of Salisbury University, Steve Kolbe of the Maryland Department of IT, and Drew VanDopp of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative. Access the meeting minutes here. Access a recording of the meeting here. Access the powerpoint presentations: Maryland  Read the Rest…

Opioid Education, Now a College Requirement

More than 2,000 people died of drug and alcohol overdoses in Maryland last year — a record number that is part of the nation’s opioid-abuse crisis. As part of their response, Maryland legislators have passed a law requiring that students be educated four times — twice in elementary school, once in high school and once  Read the Rest…

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 offer 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 state’s five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development, and rural health  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…

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