University of Maryland Extension

Agriculture & Natural Resources - COVID-19 Resources

 

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GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!

The Future Harvest Feed the Need Fund was created to help farmers weather market changes caused by the pandemic and to help address hunger by providing food access in a variety of ways to communities in our region. We will award cash mini-grants to farmers, ranging from $500-$5000. In light of our renewed commitment to stand for racial equity, we commit to 50% of these awards going to Black, Indigenous, and other farmers of color. From activities like sliding scales on CSA orders and home deliveries to providing produce to local food banks and pantries, grant award recipients will have the flexibility to participate in this effort using the tools and means that work best for you to help others. 

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligible applicants are vegetable, fruit, meat, and dairy producers in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, or Delaware. Again, Future Harvest commits to providing a minimum of 50% of our mini-grants to Black, Indigenous, and other farmers of color. Priority also will be given to Future Harvest members

The online grant application is easy to complete with a few detailed questions to help ensure that Future Harvest is awarding producers with the greatest needs and that can provide food to those in need. 

  • Cash mini-grants, ranging from $500-$5,000, will be awarded this summer.
  • Farmers are eligible for grant funds if able to deliver produce to those in need at retail value. A one-time delivery cost of up to $75 can be included. 
  • Farmers will need to provide market-quality products and document how many pounds of what type of product you deliver when and to which organizations, individuals and in what geographic area. (A form to fill out will be provided to grant awardees.)
  • A review committee composed of Future Harvest Board members, staff and farmers will review and select awardees.

Applications due July 15, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bernard at carole@futureharvestcasa.org.

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USDA recently announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), a program of financial assistance for growers impacted by disruptions due to COVID-19, specifically for commodities which have seen a 5 percent loss or greater in price decline or losses due to supply chain disruptions. Eligible growers will receive a one-time payment from two possible funding sources, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act. Signup begins May 26, 2020, and runs through August 28, 2020. To learn more details please go to https://www.farmers.gov/cfap.  

For more information, click on the CFAP file at the bottom of this page.

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Governor Hogan Announces Pandemic Adjustment Funding for Agricultural, Forestry and Seafood Businesses.

MARBIDCO is happy to announce the Pandemic Adjustment Equipment Grant Fund Program is now available.

The press release is attached in the file at the bottom of this page.  The press release is also available on MARBIDCO's website, https://www.marbidco.org/_pages/news_and_events/news_and_events.htm 

The application is available at:  https://www.marbidco.org/_pages/programs_grants/grant_programs_pagf.htm

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This is a PDF version of this document accessible below.

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Please check out the university's Maryland Risk Management Blog.  It has many up-to-date posts from our Ag Law faculty.  This is just one of many helpful blogs to answer questions you may have concerning your farm/ag business.

COVID-19 & PAID SICK LEAVE FOR AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYEES

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                                   Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief
                                                    April 2020

                                A Publication of Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. 

Here is another great resource for our farmers/producers.  The PDF version is located in the file at the bottom of this page.  

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Essential Farm Worker and Contractor Work Permits

See the Extension link below. This link contains: Farm, National, State, County, Financial, Teleworking, & Health & Food Safety resources.

Under the Resources for Farmers (bottom of the webpage), click on the 2nd bullet to download the permits. (They are also attached as files at the bottom of this page.)  They have been approved by our government. 

Big thank you to: Paul Goeringer, our Extension Legal Specialist.

https://extension.umd.edu/learn/covid-19-resources 

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     Other Resources for you and/or for your farming operation.

Here are some web resources for more information on COVID-19:

https://www.mafc.com/update

https://go.umd.edu/COVID19_Dairy

https://go.umd.edu/COVID19_Dairy_infograph

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Please check out the Do It Yourself guide below on how to wear and make your own face covering during this pandemic.

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Doris Behnke is the Cecil County Extension faculty educator who is available to provide information, consultation and educational programs to Cecil County's agriculture community. Agriculture programs focus on issues which include:

  • Agriculture Production
  • Farm Management
  • Agriculture Leasings
  • Private Pesticide Certification and recertification

Certification classes for private pesticide applicators and nutrient management vouchers are conducted several times a year. For more information about trainings, contact the Cecil County Extension Office at 410-996-5280.

Please click on the useful links located at the bottom right of this page to learn more about Cecil County Agriculture and to link to local agriculture programs and agencies.

  

 

ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION PROCESS


Eligible applicants are vegetable, fruit, meat, and dairy producers in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, or Delaware. Again, Future Harvest commits to providing a minimum of 50% of our mini-grants to Black, Indigenous, and other farmers of color. Priority also will be given to Future Harvest members

The online grant application is easy to complete with a few detailed questions to help ensure that Future Harvest is awarding producers with the greatest needs and that can provide food to those in need. 
  • Cash mini-grants, ranging from $500-$5,000, will be awarded this summer.
  • Farmers are eligible for grant funds if able to deliver produce to those in need at retail value. A one-time delivery cost of up to $75 can be included. 
  • Farmers will need to provide market-quality products and document how many pounds of what type of product you deliver when and to which organizations, individuals and in what geographic area. (A form to fill out will be provided to grant awardees.)
  • A review committee composed of Future Harvest Board members, staff and farmers will review and select awardees.
Applications due July 15, 2020
Apply Here

If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bernard at carole@futureharvestcasa.org.

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