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Teen job skills program to host informational meetings

CASCADE — The Fort Ritchie Community Center will host two informational meetings for teens and parents to learn more about its job skills program. The meetings will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Community Center at 14421 Lake Royer Drive in Cascade. The program serves youths between ages 12 and  Read the Rest…

Rural Broadband Task Force releases final report

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Technology seems to be moving at the speed of light – unless, of course, you happen to live in one of Maryland’s rural communities where affordable, reliable high speed internet is spotty at best. Nearly 19 months ago Governor Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 717/ House Bill 1169 – Connecting Rural Maryland  Read the Rest…

Rural Maryland Council Talks Farm Bill, Mushrooms

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Presidents Conference Center in the Miller Senate Building was packed for the Jan. 25 luncheon of the Rural Maryland Council’s board of directors, legislators, and associated guests. The Rural Maryland Council, an independent state agency, brings together rural leaders, government officials, non-profits and for-profit organizations to develop public policy  Read the Rest…

Registration now open for mental health workshops

QUEENSTOWN — Registration is now open for the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts Mental Health Workshops. Funded by the Rural Maryland Council and the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the purpose of these workshops is to bring awareness to mental health in rural areas, a news release states. While not often talked  Read the Rest…

Fiscal Year 2020 Administration Budget Includes Historic Funding for Rural Communities

Annapolis, MD – On January 18, 2019, Governor Hogan announced major items in the administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The Fiscal Year 2020 administrative budget includes level funding support for the Rural Maryland Council (RMC), Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF). The RMC would  Read the Rest…

Effort Aims To Raise Farmer Suicide Rate Awareness

BERLIN – A new campaign aims to raise awareness regarding the increased risk of suicide facing farmers. Farmers are three times more likely to die by suicide than those outside the agriculture industry, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To address that fact, local organizations have launched the “Save a Shore Farmer” outreach  Read the Rest…

Future of farming could begin with drones

STEVENSVILLE — The future of farming could begin with drones. Contestants from around the state gathered to give their final pitch to judges at the Grow & Fortify Value-Added Agriculture Summit. Held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on Dec. 6, the summit was presented by the Rural Maryland Council and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit. Their  Read the Rest…

Rural Maryland Council honors rural community advocates

Annapolis, MD – The Rural Maryland Council and its membership convened Thursday, November 29, 2018 for its Annual and Executive Board Meeting at the Yellowfin Steak and Fish House in Edgewater, MD. In addition to providing an overview of upcoming events and activities for 2019, the Rural Maryland Council also held its annual Rural Impact  Read the Rest…

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