SMADC Receives Over Half A Million Dollars In USDA’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com

HUGHESVILLE, Maryland – The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is the recipient of a 599,703 United States Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant, $ 32, for ‘Building Resilience, Developing and Extending Direct Producers- to Consumer Markets, and Increasing Access to Local Foods in Southern Maryland.’

According to the USDA press announcement released on November 23, 2021, the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) has awarded $ 37.5 million in funding to 88 projects to support producer-to-consumer direct marketing projects such as as farmers’ markets, community-supported agricultural programs, roadside stalls and agritourism. SMADC is the only agricultural entity in Maryland to have received FMPP project grant funds in this category.

SMADC’s winning project, “Building Resilience in Southern Maryland Producer to Consumer Initiatives,” extends the effectiveness of SMADC’s farmer / consumer promotion and resource programs and the jointly administered Maryland Market Money (MMM) program in partnership with Maryland Agriculture & Resource-Based Industry Development Company (MARBIDCO). The project will focus on educating consumers about direct producer-to-consumer markets and the access and availability of agricultural products produced in the region and providing technical assistance to producers of value-added foods.

The funds from the FMPP grant will also allow the evaluation and extension of the MMM food access program to socially disadvantaged, elderly and veteran consumers and producers, to increase the efficiency and sustainability of the program deliverables through cutting edge technology for Farmers’ Markets in combination with a targeted advertising campaign to connect Federal Buyers of Nutritional Benefits to outlets (Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, Farm Markets and CSA) that accept SNAP and FMNP .

“Our goal is to leverage SMADC programs with the dynamic reach of MMM to increase farm and market incomes and promote and expand access to healthy local foods for consumers,” commented Shelby Watson-Hampton, director of SMADC. “We are proud and delighted to be the recipient of this important grant to continue to enhance SMADC’s important work in securing a strong and resilient future for farms in Southern Maryland. “

FMPP rewards / funding are made possible through grant programs administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the Local Agriculture Marketing Program (LAMP): Farmers’ Market Promotion Programs and Local Foods (FMLFPP) and Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP). To learn more about SMADC programs for farmers and consumers, visit SMADC.com.

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James V. Payne