News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

The Southern Maryland Meats (SMM) Marketing Program, of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), is accepting applications for the 2019 SMM Junior Membership Program until the deadline on Friday, May 17.

The SMM Jr. Membership Program was developed to engage young people in raising livestock for quality meat production and is open to any youth (age 8 to 21 years) resident in the five Southern Maryland Counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s). Youth participating in the program will be raising high quality meat animals adhering to SMM standards for feed, humane and responsible raising practices. Eligible livestock includes beef, sheep, hogs, goats, poultry and rabbits.

Southern Maryland youth involved with livestock projects, 4-H members and Future Farmers of America (FFA), are encouraged to participate. Program completers from previous years may re-apply each year with a new project animal. 

SMM junior participants receive free promotional materials (stall card, flyers, t-shirt) to help promote their animals during the county fair show season and livestock auctions. A Completion Award ($100 as funding allows) will be presented to youth who successfully complete the SMM Junior Membership Program requirements.  

To apply, visit “What’s New/News and Announcements” at Applications for the Junior Membership Program must be received by May 17, 2019. For questions contact Craig Sewell, SMM Marketing and Livestock Program Manager at (301) 274-1922, Ex 1, or by email at

The Southern Maryland Meats marketing program is a program of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and was developed to promote, market and support the region’s livestock producers. For more information about SMM, visit



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