SMADC Acidified Foods Training Scholarship Announced

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is offering a reimbursement scholarship for eligible Southern Maryland farmers towards half the costs of the acidified foods training program, "Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop for Small Food Processors".

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host the training workshop on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis. The training is designed to teach the basics of food safety requirements and regulations for manufacturing acidified food products in Maryland and satisfies the FDA Better Process Control School Acidified Foods requirement.

Scholarships, in the form of 50% of the class fee, will be awarded as a reimbursement to the qualified participant, after the successful completion of the training program. Applications for scholarships may be submitted through the SMADC online Scholarship Application Form under Farmer Resources/Scholarships at

Applicants must be a farmer/producer resident and farming in one of the five Southern Maryland counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s). Upon completion of the workshop, applicants must provide copy of the workshop completion certificate together with a copy of their ‘farm land’ agricultural land tax assessment for the land they are currently farming; and/or copy of their IRS Schedule ‘F’ form (Profit or Loss from Farming).

The deadline to register is Friday, October 13. A fee of $250 per person includes materials, refreshments and lunch. For additional workshop information and registration, contact Carol Reynolds at Maryland Department of Agriculture at: or call (410) 841-5769

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