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Grants available to expand agricultural businesses

July 16, 2012

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp. has announced a grant-funding opportunity to encourage Maryland’s agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations by installing capital assets to make a product that is “value added.” 

Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor, and have been in business for a minimum of two years.

Applicants can receive up to $15,000 for projects such as production buildings and major fixtures, livestock or seafood processing facilities, fruit or vegetable processing facilities, creamery production equipment, timber or wood products facilities and manure digesters. Cash matching funds are required and must be at least equal to the amount of grant funds requested.

The submission deadline for applicants seeking to receive grants is Wednesday, Aug. 22, by 4 p.m. Applications received in the mail with a Monday, Aug. 20, postmark will also be accepted. Grant award announcements will be made by early October. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information, call 410-267-6807 or go to www.marbidco.org/applications.html

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