The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, has launched their new “Give Today for a Better Tomorrow” fundraising campaign.

SMADC is an integral part of the agricultural community and economy in Maryland and currently serves 2,011 farms on over 205,000 acres in the five-county area of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties.

SMADC provides real tangible benefits to farmers and agricultural businesses via:

  • Innovative Workshops & Conferences
  • Networking
  • Farm Equipment Rental Program
  • Infrastructure (including the upcoming Regional Agricultural Center)
  • Farmer Mini-Grant Program
  • Loans (in partnership with MARBIDCO)
  • Sponsorships & Scholarships

Below are SMADC’s recent accomplishments and ongoing land preservation data:

Historically, SMADC has received most of its funding from the State of Maryland via the Cigarette Restitution Fund. However, SMADC is now in a tight spot; due to the COVID-19 budget crisis, they were dealt a crushing blow with a 25% cut to the FY’21 budget. State funding may quickly evaporate and could be gone soon.

The “Give Today for a Better Tomorrow” campaign encourages donors to give what they can today to assist SMADC’s mission now, tomorrow and into the future, to continue building a vibrant local food community that supports farms and the future of agriculture.

In addition, SMADC is excited to announce the launch of a fun line of local ag-based apparel, just in time for holiday gift lists. Visit the online store and purchase by December 6th for delivery by Christmas Eve. A portion of every purchase will go directly towards our fundraising campaign.

As always, the SMADC Team continues to serve and work alongside local farmers in their shared mission to ensure a viable, profitable, and sustainable farming community in Southern Maryland. 

SMADC’s Director and Board extend their wishes to all for a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and sincere thanks to those who are considering a donation to support SMADC’s mission during this giving season and beyond.

Learn more and visit the donation portal at

Donate Here

In accordance with Internal Revenue Service requirements, we confirm that the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. TCCSMD’s Federal Tax ID is 52-0902802.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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