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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Maryland FarmLINK Launches New Website

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The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is excited to announce the launch of a dynamic new website for Maryland FarmLINK, one of SMADC’s signature programs since 2009, focused on keeping farmland in Maryland productive and available for new and beginning or transitioning farmers.

The free to use FarmLINK program companion website provides a digital one-stop shop for farm resources across Maryland with user-friendly functionality and enhanced searchable content supported by robust security features, to provide effective support and outreach to farms and agribusiness around the state. 

Upgraded key components of the website include the ‘Property Exchange’, that provides a two-fold service approach to help landowners keep their farmland in production and assist farmers to find farmland for sale or lease. And coming soon, ‘Mentor Match’ which pairs experienced farmers (mentors) with new or transitioning farm owners/operators (mentees) for one-on-one training, advice and interaction for technical assistance in farm production, business management, regulations, marketing and funding opportunities.
 
The website highlights many new and improved resources such as, an interactive ‘Farmer Exchange’ designed to facilitate discussion between website registered user/members seeking advice or sharing information, and a ‘Job Board’ for posting full and part-time positions, seasonal internships, and apprenticeships, as well as ‘Hunting Resources’ for both hunters and farmers. Experienced and beginner farmers will also find useful contact information for local, state, and national agencies and organizations, plus extensive county listings of farm equipment for sale or rent, and an up-to-the minute calendar packed with ag-related workshops and educational opportunities happening around the state.
 
“We are excited to launch this new site, in partnership with Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Future Harvest CASA, and Maryland Farm Bureau,” commented Karyn Owens, SMADC Program Specialist.  “SMADC was very fortunate to receive additional grant funding through the Rural Maryland Council’s Rural Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) to make possible the complete redesign of the Maryland FarmLINK website and creation of new marketing materials.”  

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