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804 Cattle Farm- SMADC 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

804 Cattle Farm- SMADC 2017 Mini-Grant Recipient

  804 Cattle Company, is a small, family-owned cattle company in Prince George’s County. 804 applied for the SMADC Agricultural Mini-Grant in July 2017 to facilitate building a corral and chute system on their 33-acre farm. The purpose of the corrals and chute system allows them to effectively and safely handle their cattle in order to perform preventative care, wean calves, perform pregnancy and health examinations and to artificially inseminate.  804 was awarded the grant in September, and has already completed the…

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SMADC’s Regional Agriculture Project Awarded! 

SMADC’s Regional Agriculture Project Awarded! 

Regional Agriculture Project (RAP) is designed to further SMADC’s mission to support farms, farmers, and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland. Its purpose is to create economic viability for farmers in Southern Maryland and to foster collaboration among the region to enhance and sustain the regions’ agricultural economy. SMADC encouraged everyone to work together on this grant on multiple levels within the county — Farm Bureaus, Soil Conservation Districts, Economic Development/county government offices, University of Maryland Extension and area…

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Farm therapy merges nature and nurture European “Care Farming” concept takes root on a Charles County farm

Farm therapy merges nature and nurture European “Care Farming” concept takes root on a Charles County farm

Story by Conni Leigh James and Priscilla Wentworth; photos by Conni Leigh James Karen Malkin is a lawyer, specializing in program appeals and litigation. She’s also a Reiki master, and a teacher and coach specializing in cognitive energy therapy. But most importantly, she is a self-proclaimed “Care Farm Pioneer,” a job description that speaks to a facet of agriculture that is cutting-edge contemporary and, at the same time, very ancient. “People are suffering from a real nature deficit in general,” said…

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SMADC Appoints New Chairman of the Board

SMADC Appoints New Chairman of the Board

Since 2001, SMADC has operated at the behest of a team of board members comprised of representatives from different agriculture sectors who provide updates, information and recommendations to the board to assist the Southern Maryland agriculture industry. This April, SMADC appointed a new Chairman, Yates Clagett, to oversee the 19 member board– and in May, Yates officially kicked off the board meeting. As a former tobacco producer who transitioned to cattle, Yates understands the history of SMADC, where it has come from…

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SMADC debuts new logo!

SMADC debuts new logo!

There’s been a flurry of exciting updates at SMADC over the past month, including our latest announcement: the unveiling of a new logo! The new logo brings together the origins of SMADC’s historic foundation in one colorful image. Showcasing the stewardship of our land and waterways– the iconic tobacco barn, the Chesapeake Bay, row crops, and that hot Maryland sun– all point to SMADC’s bright, new horizon! The larger re-branding and marketing initiative we are currently undertaking, aims to increase awareness for our programs, making SMADC a household name…

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Lively Meet & Greet Open House

Lively Meet & Greet Open House

Earlier this month, Shelby Watson-Hampton joined SMADC as the new Director. Shelby and the SMADC Staff were excited to kick things off by hosting an event to welcome the Southern Maryland community into our offices for networking with a “Meet and Greet” Open House. Southern Maryland farmers, producers, agricultural organizations, elected officials and others with a vested interest in local agriculture were invited to attend. Over the course of the two days, we had over 50 attendees representing all five counties and…

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