Young Farmers

MARBIDCO Next Gen Program Now Available

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has announced that the Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program (“Next Gen Program”) is now open to help qualified young or beginning farmers who seek to purchase farmland but need some specialized financial assistance to enter (or
continue in) the agricultural profession in exchange for helping to preserve the farmland.

The Next Gen Program is a relatively fast-moving farmland conservation easement option purchase program that is designed to help facilitate the transfer of farmland to a new generation of farmers, while also effectively helping to preserve the subject agricultural land from future development. The selection for participation in this program is expected to be competitive.

National Competitors

Congratulations to our two members who represented Maryland on the national level this year. Matt Teffeau, Talbot County, competed in the Discussion Meet competition at the American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, LA in January. Bethany Meyers, Garrett County, competed in the Collegiate Discussion Meet at the FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, WI in March.

Matt Teffeau, Talbot County

Bethany Meyers, Garrett County

Both state winners received a $250 gift from our member benefit partner Dungarees and an expense-paid trip to their respective competitions. Next year’s Discussion Meet topics were just released, so click here and start preparing for the 2020 competitions!

Learn more about how you can get involved at the state and national levels.

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