Resources for Farmers
Southern Maryland Meats is one of Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission’s (SMADC) most popular branding programs. It was developed in response to the high consumer demand for local, farm-raised meats. In order to be a part of this brand, farms must be in one of the five Southern Maryland counties, agree to raise, slaughter and package their products according to strict SMM standards, and follow clear labeling procedures.
To further our mission of enhancing agriculture in Southern Maryland, we have complied a list of resources for farmers who are producing meat or wish to start producing meat. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Sewell, SMM Livestock and Marketing Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 274-1922, extension 1 or Susan McQuilkin, SMADC Marketing Specialist at email@example.com
Join Southern Maryland Meats
If you are a meat producer in one of the five Southern Maryland counties and are interested in participating in the Southern Maryland Meats program, fill out the SMM Meat Producer Application. Egg producers should fill out the SMM egg producer application.
Resources for Compliance
Resources for Meat Producer Compliance
It is the expectation of the Southern Maryland Meats program that producers are in compliance with local, county, and state regulations such at Nutrient Management, Zoning, etc. Click here to download all of the documents, or click individual links below for specific resources.
- Nutrient Management Plan Fact Sheet
Published by the University of Maryland Extension, this two page resource walks farmers through the basics of a nutrient management plan and how to obtain one.
- Poultry & Rabbit Processing Guidelines
From the University of Maryland Extension, this three page resource explains The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) voluntary certification program which enables participantsto sell their poultry and rabbits anywhere within the state to consumers, restaurants and retailers.
- Producer Mobile Farmer’s Market Unit License Guidelines
Maryland Meat Producers may be issued a permit through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in order to safely transport and sell potentially hazardous food products at Maryland farmer’s market:
- Produced or stored on the farm by the licensee under an on-farm home processing plant license (e.g. USDA processed and on-farm stored meat and poultry);
- Produced or stored on the farm by the licensee, as authorized by the Department in regulation; or
- That have been inspected, licensed, or certified for food safety by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (e.g. MDA certified rabbit and poultry).
- On-Farm Processor License for Meats
Licensed on-farm producers can sell their USDA-slaughtered and processed meat products on the farm premises to individual customers, and/or transport their meats from their (on-farm) freezer storage for sale to restaurants, stores and other retail venues or farmers’ markets. NOTE: Further licensing is required for farmers’ market sales (see resource listed above).
- Guidelines for Small Producers Selling Eggs
All producer/packers of shell eggs must register with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) annually. Layer premises are subject to random testing by MDA to monitor for salmonella of public health concern. This one page document outlines additional requirements for safe handling, storage, and proper packaging.
- Nutrient Management Plan Fact Sheet
Soil Conservation Districts Fact Sheet
Soil Conservation Districts are an important partner for farmers. Download this fact sheet or see below for local district contact information.
Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District
Heritage Office Complex, 2662 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401
Calvert County Soil Conservation District
489 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Charles County Soil Conservation District
4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District
5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Suite 100, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
St. Mary’s County Soil Conservation District
26737 Radio Station Way, Suite B, Leonardtown, MD 20650
USDA Meat Processing Facilities
SMM has compiled a list of UDSA processing facilities within 150 miles of Hughesville, MD, available to regional livestock producers. Listings include contact information, travel distances, species processed, dry aging ability, specialty product processing and other information important when looking for a processor.
Commercial Meat Freezer Trailers
Used to transport locally raised (USDA slaughtered, vacuum packed and frozen) meat cuts directly from the slaughter facility to the farm for sale to consumers, restaurants and stores. Available to any livestock producer in the five counties of Southern Maryland. Managing entities for the freezer trailers are Calvert County Farm Bureau, St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau and Prince George’s County Farm Bureau. For complete specifications, towing guidelines and rental details visit the Farm Equipment Resource page at smadc.com.
To find out more and how you can use the trailers, please contact the following:
Calvert County: JR Cosgrove, (443) 532-5763
St. Mary’s and Charles County: Willie Goddard, (301) 475-5190
Prince George’s and Anne Arundel: Norma Fitzhugh, (301) 868-8780
Livestock Handling Equipment
Commercial Livestock Handling Equipment
Scale can be used to weigh livestock. Chute can be used for reproductive and treatment purposes, vaccinating and other cattle management needs. Truck with a 2” ball is needed to transport the chute.
The equipment can be used by any livestock producer in the five counties of Southern Maryland. Managing entities for the chute and scale are Charles County Farm Bureau and Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation. For complete specifications, towing guidelines and rental details visit the Farm Equipment Resource page at smadc.com.
To find out more and how you can use the scales and chutes, please contact:
Anne Arundel, Calvert and Prince George’s: Lisa Barge (410) 222-7410
Charles County and St. Mary’s County: David Hancock (301) 752-8723
SMM Logo & Marketing Materials
NOTE: Only those farms that have signed the SMM contract may use the logo on their products and advertising.
Southern Maryland Meats Logo
Right-click on either link below and click “save target file as,” then save file to your computer. (These versions of the logo are larger files suitable for desktop printing or press.)
For the Web:
Right-click on the image and click “save image as,” then save file to your computer in the same directory as your html page. (This version of the logo is small and optomized for web use.) Please link the image on your website to http://www.southernmarylandmeats.com
Southern Maryland Meats Signage
Official SMM members are invited to download and print this “SMM Available Here” sign to display at point of purchase. This prints at 8 in. x 10 in. and can be placed in a standard plastic bracket designed to display on a counter. (Can also be printed smaller).
RIGHT click on a link below and click “save target file as,” then save file to your computer.
Printable Consumer Buying Guides
Download and print these tri-fold brochures and distribute to your customers to help them understand how and why to purchase local meat.
Additional Consumer Resources:
SMM has compiled some tips and resources for marketing meat for ethnic holidays. Discover what consumers are looking for when purchasing meat for ethnic holidays (preferred species, cuts, and raising practices) and at what times of the year these meats are in demand.
by Matthew LeRoux/Cornell Cooperative Extension
This resource contains helpful marketing hints for producers who are thinking about direct marketing their meats including guidance on pricing for profit and how to build and keep your customer base.
Grants & Financing
SMADC Farm Grants and Financing Opportunities
As part of its ongoing mission to support farming in Southern Maryland, SMADC makes grants and financing assistance available to individual farmers, groups and ag-related entities to fund projects, acquistions, research and development and more.
SMADC Mini-Grant Program
Assists farmers with small start-up projects and with diversifying their farming enterprise. Awards up to $2,000 to individual farmers (with a one-to-one match by the farmer).
Southern Maryland Agricultural Equity Incentive Matching Fund
Offered in conjunction with MARBIDCO, this program is designed to incentivize loan requests from farmers and to help them meet certain down-payment (equity) requirements, in order to help improve the credit quality of their applications.
Southern Maryland Revolving Loan Fund
For agricultural and shellfish aquaculture producers, this loan program is designed exclusively for Southern Maryland applicants to assist with purchases and upgrades. Loans available from $10,000 – $20,000.
The Regional Agriculture Project (RAP)
Fosters collaboration among the ag-related entities and farmers within each county, will support projects deemed to enhance the agricultural infrastructure of the county (purchase of equipment or development of central facilities to be used by farmers in each home county.)
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