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A ‘one-stop-shop’ of compiled links gathered from local, state and federal organizations for farms and consumers
News Release, Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, has announced the launch of a COVID-19 information ‘Resource’ portal for regional farms and consumers.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with SMADC’s core mission to support farms and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland, the new Resource portal provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ of compiled links to information gathered from local, state and federal organizations regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the agricultural community in Maryland.
“As we deal with the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves, the SMADC team is working hard to keep you informed and updated, as news and resources pertaining to the agricultural community surface,” commented Shelby Watson-Hampton, SMADC’s director. “We have created a page on our website for both farmers and consumers to find relevant information and resources, and we hope it’s many links and connections will be useful.”
The ‘Resource’ portal can now be accessed on the SMADC website home page at SMADC.com. Resource links are organized into key support categories that will be updated frequently as new information is released including general business and farm labor, small business relief programs, Maryland horse industry updates, food safety information, farmers’ market and CSA guidelines and Maryland Farm Bureau COVID-19 resources.
Additional resources offer information for consumers to help them find fresh, locally produced foods in Southern Maryland and around the Chesapeake Bay region. The SMADC portal links to a new interactive map, developed by Future Harvest and the Maryland Farmers Market Association, which highlights more than 500 farm destinations (on-farm stores, farm stands, markets and more) that have been designated as places to purchase local food and beverage items during the COVID-19 emergency.
The SMADC office is closed to the public at this time. SMADC staff continues to work remotely to assist agricultural producers in their essential role as members of the food supply chain. All inquiries and additional agribusiness-related resources should be sent to email@example.com. For more information and timely updates ‘follow’ the SMADC Facebook Page and visit SMADC.com.