Small Acreage Next Generation Program

Partnership: Small Acreage Next Generation Program

SMADC, in partnership with MARBIDCO, provides enhanced and new financing opportunities to Southern Maryland farmers by providing funds for MARBIDCO programs.  

What is the Small Acreage Next Generation Program?

The Small Acreage Next Generation Program, also known as ‘SANG’, is available to help qualified young or beginning farmers who have trouble entering the agricultural profession, because of relatively high farmland costs and lack of access to adequate financial capital, to purchase smaller farmland properties that are between 10 to 49 acres. The Small Acreage Next Gen Program is essentially a fast-moving farmland conservation easement option purchase program that is designed to help facilitate the transfer of farmland to a new generation of farmers, and help preserve the small acreage agricultural land from future development. Using the SANG Program, MARBIDCO is able to provide 40% to 60% of the Fair Market Value (FMV) (land only) in exchange for a permanent agricultural conservation easement, and that money is used as a down-payment to purchase the farmland. In the original Next Gen Program, the subject farm properties typically needed to be at least 50 acres in size (or contiguous to preserved property), thus limiting these young and beginning farmers from being able to use Next Gen Program resources to purchase small farms. This program is designed to fill that gap. It also requires that applicants own no more then 9 acres when they apply. Go To: SMADC For More Information Go To: SANG PDF Version: PDF
November 27, 2023 / Education, Program / Keli Kirby / Permalink

Maryland Noxious Weeds

Noxious Weeds in Maryland ​

  • Johnsongrass
  • Shattercane
  • Palmer Amaranth
  • Common Waterhemp
  • Canada Thistle
  • Musk Thistle
  • Plumeless Thistle
  • Bull Thistle
The Weed Control Program enforces the Maryland Weed Control Law and assists farmers or landowners in the battle against the designated noxious weeds Johnsongrass, shattercane, and thistles. The law requires landowners to manage noxious weeds on all types of land. Johnsongrass and thistles are considered two of the more persistent and destructive weeds in Maryland since they are very difficult to eradicate. Both the seed and the root system of these weeds must be managed for effective control. Control methods include cultural, physical, mechanical, biological or chemical. MDA enters into an agreement with each of the 16 participating counties to provide technical assistance to landowners for initiating noxious weed control programs.​
Maryland Noxious Weed I.D.
Noxious Weed Regulations
Noxious Weed Law
Maryland Noxious Weed Website
November 26, 2023 / Education, Program / Keli Kirby / Permalink

2023-2024 Cover Crop Program

The 2023-2024 tentative Cover Crop Sign-up window is June 21st through July 17.

Cover crops are your first line of defense against erosion and runoff in the winter

For more information on the Cover Crop program and the New Cover Crop Plus Program go to:

Maryland Cover Crop Program

Cover Crop Plus (3-year commitment and 500 acre maximum)

Nutrient Management Plan Certification Form (Needed if participating in the Cover Crop Program) 

 W-9 (Needed if participating in the Cover Crop Program) 

Cover Crop Plus Application  Cover Crop Application Cover Crop Requirements and Agreement Cover Crop  Seed Sampling Form Cover Crop Aerial Seeding Invoice Conservation Spotlight - Cover Crops

September 1, 2023 / Event, Program / Keli Kirby / Permalink
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