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,hasannounced the launch ofaCOVID-19information‘Resource’portalforregional farmsand consumers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with SMADC’scoremission to support farms andthe future of agriculture in Southern Maryland, the new Resource portalprovides a ‘one-stop-shop’ ofcompiledlinkstoinformation gatheredfrom local, stateand federal organizations regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the agricultural community in Maryland.

“As we deal with the unprecedentedtimesin which we find ourselves, the SMADC teamisworking 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 atSMADC.com.Resourcelinksareorganized intokey support categories that willbeupdated frequently as new information is releasedincludinggeneral business andfarm labor, small business relief programs, Maryland horse industry updates,food safety information, farmers’ market and CSA guidelinesand Maryland Farm Bureau COVID-19 resources.

Additional resources offer informationfor consumers to helpthemfind fresh, locally produced foodsinSouthern Maryland andaroundthe Chesapeake Bay region.The SMADC portallinksto anew interactivemap,developed byFuture Harvest and the Maryland Farmers Market Association,which highlightsmore than500farm 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 info@smadc.com. For more information and timely updates ‘follow’ the SMADC Facebook Page and visit SMADC.com.