Harvest Directory Press Release November 2016



“Upper Shore Regional Council and Washington College’s GIS has New Eastern Shore Harvest Directories”


Contact:          Doris S. Mason

(443) 282- 5607


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2016


The Upper Shore Regional Council (“USRC”), an economic development and planning entity for Kent, Queen Anne’s and Cecil Counties partnered with the Washington College GIS Department to further develop its Harvest Directory brochure and online mapping tools. The USRC created a conglomerate of partners to assist with other funding for the Directory, which included: Caroline County Economic Development Corporation, Talbot County Office of Economic Development, Dorchester County Office of Economic Development, Dorchester County Office of Tourism and the University of MD’s Cooperative Extension Agent in several of the counties. The partners participating in the planning can also be seen on the website. The Directory is a listing of over 400 agri-businesses across the Mid- (Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester) and Upper Shore six-county region with an Android and IOS App and website http://www.harvestdirectory.org, which shares demographic information on the region’s individual agri-businesses and links to their websites and social media. It is a free tool designed to assist the agri-businesses with marketing their products and services. Businesses gain exposure from the Harvest Directory website and app, as well as through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and a WordPress blog. The Harvest Directory is also an agri-tourism tool designed to attract tourists to the region. The project was funded primarily via a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Office, the USRC, and the College. We encourage local agri-businesses to join the Eastern Shore Harvest Directory by calling us or going to the website!


You can receive a supply of brochures by emailing the Directory at harvestdirectory@gmail.com or calling the Upper Shore Regional Council at (410) 810-2124.


Timely Agriculture Issues/ Grain Marketing Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30 AM at the Queen Anne’s County Extension Office, 505 Railroad Ave., Centreville, MD. 1. Speakers: Chris Johnson and Brady Hanson, Perdue Agribusiness. Topic: Growing grapeseed and marketing potential. 2. Speaker: Wayne Evans, Poultry Litter Services, LLC. Farmers Looking for Chicken Manure? Mr. Evans has trucks and contracts with poultry growers and is looking for farmers in our area that want litter for their crops.

Cover Crop Management Workshop

Come Register for the Cover Crop Management Workshop!

Taking place at Chesapeake College: 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679 in Room HPAC 127 on August 30th, 2016 from 6-8 PM.

Phone: (410) 778 –1661

It’s all about Conservation Innovation! Getting the most from your cover crops!


6:00 –6:30 PM –Registration and heavy hors d’oeuvres

6:30 PM –Welcome

Nate Richards, Kent County Agricultural Educator, University of Maryland Extension

6:45 PM –Impact of a cover crop on water available to a corn crop

Dr. Steven B. Mirsky

7:15 PM –Cover Crop’s effect on nitrogen program in corn

Dr. Steven B. Mirsky

7:45 PM –Management strategies of cover crops: late kill vs. early kill

NevinS. Dawson, Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, University of Maryland Extension

8:00 PM –Evaluations and closing

Upcoming Agriculture Events

LEAD Maryland:
Image of Agriculture Symposium

Join LEAD Maryland Class IX for the third biennial Image of Agriculture Symposium: The Many Faces of Maryland Agriculture on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, MD.
The Conference will include a focus on four tracks, including politics of agriculture and the environment, trends in agricultural production, emerging markets and career opportunities, and Maryland’s agricultural communities.
Keynote speakers will include Troy and Sarah Hadrick, founders of Advocates for Agriculture, who have traveled the world helping people involved in agriculture find their voice and story.
For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/1pOLbB5

FREE Agriculture Webinars

MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture is offering free webinars on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month to share knowledge and resources for those with a passion for agriculture.Webinar topics include marketing, farm diversification, food safety and liability, and much more.

All are invited to participate. See a full list here.

Value Added Producer Grant Program

USDA is soliciting applications to make up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, members of socially disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, and operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches. Additional priority is given to applicants who seek funding for projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators. More information on how to apply is on page 20607 of the April 8 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 1, 2016. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov are due June 24, 2016. Additional information and assistance is available through the USDA Rural Development Office serving your county.

Value-Added Producer Grants Now Available

Apply by July 1, 2016

The Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program.

Grant funds can be used by agricultural producers to cover costs related to planning activities or working capital expenses necessary for processing and marketing value-added products.

Learn how to apply and get more information.


Questions? Contact Business and Cooperative Programs at 302.857.3628.


Upcoming Grant Information Sessions

Preparing Value-Added Producer Grant Applications – April 28, 2016 from 1pm-2:30pm (EST)
This online session will provide a program overview followed by an in-depth discussion on preparing grant applications. Join us online at: https://usdard.adobeconnect.com/lnichols/ Connect to audio at: 1.888.844.9904; Access Code is 4537780.

Value-Added Producer Grant Open Houses – May 10 & 17, 2016 from 9am-3:30pm (EST)
Meet one-on-one with a USDA Rural Development specialist to discuss potential grant proposals and ask questions. Advance appointment scheduling is necessary. Appointments will be available at USDA Rural Development offices in both Dover, DE and Hagerstown, MD. Please call Business & Cooperative Programs at 302.857.3628 to schedule an open house appointment.

Workshop Series Offered in QAC for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development is pleased and proud to be hosting a series of workshops presented by Chapter 670 of SCORE. Existing and prospective business owners are invited to attend one or more of these workshops to learn the importance of a business plan in securing financing and how to construct one; reaching customers through social media; and managing finances with Quickbooks. Experts from SCORE Chapter 670 will be instructing these sessions which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center, 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD 21619. Below is a list of the sessions offered:

April 6, 2016 – Using Social Media in Small Business. Learn from the specialist how to market your business for free while cultivating a loyal customer base using social media.

May 4, 2016 – Mastering QuickBooks. Learn how to streamline your bookkeeping, revenue, expenses, billing, receipts and taxes using QuickBooks.

There is a cost of $10 per workshop or $25 for all three workshops to cover materials. Seating is limited so please register today by calling Linda Friday at the Chamber of Commerce at 410-604-8530 (or via email at linda@qacchamber.com. The workshops are sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Economic Development.