QUEENSTOWN, Md. — After reviewing over forty grant proposal’s earlier this month, the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) has funded 33 projects for 2020. The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board is funded through the Maryland Grain Check-Off Program; when grain that is produced in Maryland is sold by a farmer, the Utilization Board receive one-half of a percent of its net value.
The Check-Off program is voted on by referendum every five years and has always received a greater than 90% affirmation vote. Each year organizations and universities are encouraged to submit grant proposals in November for consideration by MGPUB. The Utilization Board gathers to hear presentations on each proposal and reports from the previously funded projects. Projects must improve the viability and profitability of grain production through research, education, or market development.
For 2020, the Grain Producers will award $802,207 for 33 projects across the state. Congratulations to each recipient. For a full list of awardees, please click here.
Bobby Guy, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board President says “I enjoy hearing new ideas and proposals each year that impact the grain industry in Maryland. Being able to assist researchers, youth organizations, encourage agriculture education, and build market opportunities from our check-off program is humbling and rewarding.”
The 2020 awarded proposals will be featured bi-weekly through a newsletter. If you would like to receive updates, please email Jenell Eck – firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the mailing list.
–Jenell Eck, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board