Speakers needed for Maryland

The RMC is looking for speakers to its Rural Summit, “Aspire Maryland”. These proposals are due by July 1, 2015. To find out more about this go to: “http://conduitstreet.mdcounties.org/2015/06/25/call-for-speakers-rmcs-2015-rural-summit-aspire-maryland/


Students get a FIrst Hand Look at Jobs

Students of Kent County in the STEM program were given a job shadowing program that lasted for two weeks. This program allows students to form realistic expectations of their future careers, including a look into day to day responsibilities and educational requirements needed to obtain these careers. These programs are important to the students because it provides a relationship between academic studies and the real world. To read more about this program go to: ” http://m.myeasternshoremd.com/news/kent_county/article_87803290-30fc-5f71-90a5-2905083ba393.html?mode=jqm

Economic Gardening Program

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore have announced that Advance Maryland is now open to Maryland companies. The program wants Maryland companies to apply because this type of program offers strategic information, free, to help them overcome challenges and take advantage of new and better opportunities.

To read more about this program, and to apply, go to:


All Applications are due by July 30th, 2015  and those companies selected will be notified by the end of August.

New Grant for Businesses

The USDA just announced that they will be accepting grant applications to help rural cooperatives develop new markets for their products and services. The grant is open to non profit corporations and institutions of higher education through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. These new grants will help improve economic conditions in rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve the conditions of rural cooperatives and mutually owned businesses through cooperative development centers. “USDA is making up to $5.8 million in grants available in Fiscal Year 2015. One-year grants up to $200,000 are available. In most cases, grants may be used to pay for up to 75 percent of a project’s total costs. Recipients are required to match 25 percent of the award amount. The grants will be awarded prior to September 30, 2015. The recipients will have one year to utilize the awarded funds. ”

The deadline for this application is July 30th, 2015 and the link for more information and the application is right here:


Maryland could be the next great wine state

One man is determined to change Maryland’s usual drink. Joe Fiola wants more people to drink Maryland wine for three good reasons. The first is that wine is made in EVERY single county, Maryland wine wins gold medals and tt helps the environmental costs of having to ship imported drinks to the community. He strongly feels that Maryland wine can compete and do well against other wines, all people need to do is taste it. Maryland has never had much of an industry until recently because of a general lack of interest and support from the government, along with dominant crops already being highly generated. Many people also lack an education about types of grapes that would thrive in this area, which is why at first, Maryland suffered a bad wine reputation. Fiola came to Maryland in 2001, and since then has expanded the industry greatly. To read more about this and learn more about wineries in Maryland, go to:


Also check out our ShoreVines page on Facebook!

Farm Bureau on Safety

Every June is National Safety Month, which means all attention is focused on determining leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, in homes, and communities. In relation with this month, the Maryland Farm Bureau wants to encourage all farmers to reevaluate themselves. Paying close attention to their farm and livestock. Farming is big because not only do the farmers have to be careful, but they have to keep the farm safe for people. This is why farmers make sure they implement bio-secure practice and secure all potentially dangerous equipment. To read more about this, go to: http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx