Mary­land grain farm­ers in­vest over $800,000 in mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search

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CENTREVILLE — The Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers Utiliza­tion Board has awarded $836,719 in grants to in­crease the prof­itabil­ity of Mary­land grain pro­duc­tion, ex­pand the utiliza­tion of grain, and to im­prove pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of agri­cul­ture. Grant funds for mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and re­search are made avail­able through the Mary­land Grain Check­off Pro­gram. The check­off pro­gram is 100 per­cent farmer funded. It is farm­ers help­ing their own in­dus­try and those con­sumers that ben­e­fit from their prod­ucts.

“It is al­ways a dif­fi­cult task to de­cide which projects to al­lo­cate funds,” said Jen­nie Sch­midt, pres­i­dent of MGPUB and a farmer in Queen Anne’s County. “Be­cause the check­off funds are based on a per­cent­age of a farmer’s net grain sales, the level of fund­ing varies each year de­pend­ing on mar­ket prices and yields. With this year’s low prices, we saw a sig­nif­i­cant drop in fund­ing and had to cut the bud­get. Though our board re­al­izes all the grants ap­plied for have value, we re­ally had to weigh the ben­e­fits of each when de­cid­ing which projects to fund and at what level.”

Funds for the 2017 grant pe­riod were al­lo­cated to projects in the ar­eas of mar­ket de­vel­op­ment ($454,221), ed­u­ca­tion ($262,560) and re­search ($119,938). A sig­nif­i­cant share of fund­ing in the mar­ket de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory helps se­cure match­ing funds and max­i­mizes ef­forts of sell­ing Mary­land grain prod­ucts world­wide. The ma­jor­ity of ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing sup­ports Mary­land Farm and Har­vest, Mary­land Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion’s top-rated and award-win­ning show and lo­cal ex­ten­sion pro­grams.

Fund­ing for projects that sci­en­tif­i­cally as­sess man­age­ment prac­tices and im­prove sus­tain­abil­ity have al­ways car­ried a pri­or­ity.

“Mary­land agri­cul­ture has con­tin­u­ally achieved our Ch­e­sa­peake Bay clean-up goals ahead of sched­ule. We be­lieve in con­tin­ual im­prove­ments on the farm as they be­come avail­able through proven sci­ence, to pro­tect our re­sources while pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial food, fiber and en­ergy prod­ucts for the con­sumer,” said Sch­midt.

Mary­land’s Grain Check­off Pro­gram has been in ef­fect since 1991 and col­lects a half a per­cent of the net value of grain sold. The MGPUB ad­min­is­ters the funds through a board con­sist­ing of re­gional grain farmer rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ad­vi­sory mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, af­fil­i­ated na­tional grain or­ga­ni­za­tions and agri-busi­nesses in the state. Funded projects are spe­cific to the needs of Mary­land’s grain farm­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 443-262-8491 or visit www. mary­land­grain.com. MAR­KET­ING PROJECTS • Bar­ley, $1,987, Na­tional Bar­ley Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

• Corn, $230,000, Na­tional Corn Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

• Ethanol Pro­mo­tion and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment, $27,634, Sus­tain­able En­ergy Strate­gies Inc.

• Grains, $75,000, Grains Coun­cil

• Grain Mar­ket­ing Pro­grams, $50,000 Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

• In­ves­ti­gat­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Mary­land Grain Farm­ers in Cuba, $2,500, Mary­land Agri­cul­tural As­so­ciates

• Wheat Mar­ket­ing, $56,100, U.S. Wheat As­so­ciates

• Wheat Pol­icy, $11,000, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Wheat Grow­ers ED­U­CA­TION PROJECTS • Agri­cul­tural Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, $20,000, LEAD Mary­land

• Agri­cul­ture Aware­ness Day, $5,000, Queen Anne’s County Farm Bu­reau

• AGs­plo­ration: “Plant­ing the Seeds of Agri­cul­ture in a Dig­i­tal So­ci­ety”, $3,500, Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Howard County

• AgVen­ture, $1,500, Car­roll County Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion

• Close En­coun­ters with Agri­cul­ture, $5,000, Mont­gomery County Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Of­fice

• Com­monGround Pro­gram, $10,000, MidAt­lantic Com­monGround

• Farm Ste­ward­ship Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and As­sess­ment Pro­gram, $15,000, MD As­so­ci­a­tion of Soil Con­ser­va­tion U.S. Dis­tricts

• FFA Chap­ter Field Trip, $400, Queen Anne’s County FFA

• Grain Ad­ver­tis­ing, Ex­hibit and Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­grams, $50,000 Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

• Kids Grow­ing with Grains, $1,000, Washington County Ex­ten­sion Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil

• Kids Grow­ing with Grains, $2,750, Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Fred­er­ick County

• Mary­land En­vi­rothon, $5,000, Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­tricts

• Mary­land Farm and Har­vest, $125,000, Mar yland Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion

• Mo­bile Sci­ence Lab, $4,000, Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion

• Pro­vid­ing FFA Pro­gram In­cen­tives that En­hance Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment of Mary­land Youth, $13,000, FFA Foun­da­tion

• Trac­tor School: POTs, Rollovers, Grain Bins and More!, $1,410, Univer­sity of Mary­land Queen Anne’s County RE­SEARCH PROJECTS • Assess­ing the Po­ten­tial of UAVs for In­te­gra­tion into Field Crop Pro­duc­tion, $2,795, Univer­sity of Mary­land Som­er­set Ex­ten­sion

• Deter­min­ing the Ideal Ir­ri­ga­tion Strat­egy for High In­ten­sity Corn Pro­duc­tion, $22,720, Univer­sity of Delaware

• Eval­u­a­tion of Ni­tro­gen Rate and Fungi­cide Use on Wheat Yield and Qual­ity, $13,665, Univer­sity of Mary­land

• Eval­u­a­tion of the Use of Poul­try Lit­ter on Soils with High Phos­pho­rous Con­cen­tra­tion, $10,040, Univer­sity of Delaware

• Eval­u­a­tion of Win­ter Malt­ing Bar­ley Va­ri­eties and Pro­duc­tion Prac­tices for Yield and Qual­ity, $6,718, Univer­sity of Mary­land

• Ex­pand­ing Bar­ley and Rye Pro­duc­tion for the Craft Bev­er­age In­dus­tries, $2,000, Univer­sity of Mary­land Car­roll County

• Im­pact of Re­peated Use of Neon­i­coti­noid In­sec­ti­cide Treated Seed in Grain Crop Ra­tions on Non-tar­get In­ver­te­brates and Soil Mi­crobes, $18,000, Univer­sity of Mary­land

• Im­prove­ment and De­vel­op­ment of Bar­ley for Use in Feed, Food and Fuel, $5,000, Vir­ginia Polytech In­sti­tute

• Mon­i­tor­ing Field Level Ground­wa­ter Qual­ity in the Up­per Ch­ester Show­case Water­shed, $8,000, U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur vey

• Re­duc­ing Nutri­ents in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay through Oys­ter Restora­tion, $10,000, Oys­ter Re­cov­ery Part­ner­ship

• Trends in Soil Test Phos­pho­rous and Sorp­tion Ca­pac­ity fol­low­ing Long-term Ap­pli­ca­tion of Poul­try Lit­ter and Com­mer­cial Fer­til­iz­ers, $5,000, Univer­sity of Delaware

• Va­ri­ety De­vel­op­ment and Test­ing of Small Grains in Mary­land for Higher Yields, Dis­ease Resistance, Har­vesta­bil­ity and Ni­tro­gen Up­take, $16,000, Univer­sity of Mary­land

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers Utiliza­tion Board Pres­i­dent Jen­nie Sch­midt of Sudlersville, left, presents schol­ar­ships in the amount of $2,500 each to Mark Deb­nam of Kennedyville, Grace Brins­field of Vienna, Jac­que­line Bauer of Day­ton, and Jamie Het­rick of Pre­ston dur­ing the 18th an­nual Mary­land Com­mod­ity Clas­sic in July 2016.

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