Maryland Department of Agriculture Issues Request for Proposals

MDA looking to improve the management and utilization of manure

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (October 6, 2017) – The Washington County Office of Agricultural Business Development is pleased to share that the Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued a request for proposals on projects that improve the management and utilization of manure.  See the attached press release below to learn more.

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Maryland Department of Agriculture Issues Request for Proposals:
Manure Management Technologies

 Annapolis, MD—(August 22, 2017) The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued its 2018 grant solicitation for demonstration projects from vendors, businesses, and individuals offering technologies that can improve the management and utilization of manure and other nutrient-rich, on-farm generated waste products.

Maryland’s Animal Waste Technology Fund is a grant program that provides seed funding to companies that demonstrate innovative technologies to manage or repurpose manure resources. The program is a key component of Governor Larry Hogan’s broader Agriculture Phosphorus Initiative to improve water quality, strengthen agriculture, and bolster rural economies.

Nutrients are a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Maryland and the other Bay jurisdictions are working to reduce the amount of nutrients—mainly nitrogen and phosphorus—from entering the Bay in order to meet the 2025 clean water goals established by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Maryland farmers have long been leaders in managing nutrients, demonstrating that it is possible to be profitable and conservation-minded at the same time. Since 1998, Maryland farmers have been required to follow nutrient management plans when fertilizing crops and managing animal manure. In 2015, Maryland farmers began transitioning to the Phosphorus Management Tool, an updated tool that identifies areas where there is a high risk for phosphorus runoff.  While poultry litter and livestock manure make excellent fertilizers and soil amendments, their use as a crop fertilizer creates challenges for farms with high soil phosphorus levels. To help these producers protect waterways from excess phosphorus and remain profitable, Maryland is investing in innovative technologies that support new uses for manure such as alternative product development and manure-to-energy projects that add value to the farm business model. Funding support for the Animal Waste Technology Fund is provided by the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and the Maryland Energy Administration.

The Fund has $3.5 million available to invest in innovative technologies during State Fiscal Year 2018, which ends June 30, 2018. A minimum of $2 million will be directed at projects with a renewable energy component. There is no maximum or minimum request. Vendors, businesses, and individuals are invited to respond to this grant solicitation which may be downloaded from the department’s website athttp://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Pages/innovative_technology.aspx.  Proposals should be submitted by 4 p.m. local time on December 29, 2017 to:

Ms. Louise Lawrence
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Office of Resource Conservation
50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Email: louise.lawrence@maryland.gov
Fax: 410-841-5734

Contact Leslie Hart at 240-313-2284 or lhart@hagerstownedc.org to learn more about the RFP or Washington County agriculture.

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