The Junior Program teaches young/beginning farmers about raising livestock, SMM livestock quality and standards, and offers an introduction to SMM membership for youth and their families.

Join Our Next Generation

Southern Maryland youth and juniors (ages 8-21) raising livestock are invited to participate in the Southern Maryland Meats Junior Membership Program.




More about the Junior Program

  • Open to youth ages 8 to 21 years
  • Must be resident and raising your animals in one of the 5 Southern Maryland counties: (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s)
  • Have an eligible livestock project for meat animals (beef, lamb, pork, poultry, rabbit, and goat/chevron)
  • No participation fees
  • Free promotional materials
  • Free Southern Maryland Meats T-Shirt
  • Program Completion Certificate – Awarded when your animals have been sold and your essay reviewed by the SMM Marketing and Livestock Manager
  • $100 ‘completer’ reward – Awarded at project completion

Southern Maryland Meats Producer Agreement

Southern Maryland Meats marketing program is dependent on an honor system and the integrity of its participants. SMM producers are expected to comply with SMM quality standards; failure to do so may result in the loss of the privilege to participate in the marketing program.

  • Southern Maryland Meats are quality meat products that are naturally raised by family farmers from the five Southern Maryland Counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s. We are proud of our animals, our communities and our region’s agricultural heritage. We treat our animals humanely; our animals are never fed animal by-products and we are conscientious stewards of the environment.
  • Southern Maryland Meats allows consumers to have a choice. By assuring consumers that the meat products they purchase are genuinely raised in Southern Maryland they know they are helping to support and sustain Southern Maryland’s small family farms and its rich agricultural tradition.
  • The Southern Maryland Meats logo symbolizes high quality meat products raised in accordance with SMM standards. Producer /farms voluntarily participate in the SMM marketing program. In so doing, they recognize the value of the SMM logo and all that it implies.
  • Southern Maryland Meats producer/farms are eligible to use the SMM marketing brand logo on labels and other promotional materials (newsletters, flyers, website, signage, etc).
  • To ensure that the Southern Maryland Meats logo remains synonymous with the quality and authenticity consumers expect from SSM farm products, producers must agree to the expectations and standards of the “Southern Maryland Meat Quality Standards”.
  • The SMM logo, labels and other promotional materials can only be used with genuine SMM products.
Young man in a doorway holding a piglet


Essay Questions

Each Junior Participant will be required to submit a one-page essay on a choice of assigned topics, to be eligible for the Completion Award.

Sample topics from previous years include:

  • What are the biggest challenges in raising livestock for meat?
  • Why is agriculture important for Southern Maryland?
  • Have you wondered how something that happens in a foreign country can affect your farm? Explain.

Interested in sponsoring the Junior Membership Program?

Please contact SMADC Director Shelby Watson-Hampton for more information.

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