At Last! Grant Money for Small Horse Farms
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has received grant funds to help owners and operators of small-sized equine operations (seven horses or fewer) with pasture and manure management. There are four regional equine specialists to provide assistance in Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, and Prince George's counties through the county Soil Conservation Districts.
Soil Conservation Districts have knowledge and expertise to address pasture and manure management issues that are prevalent on horse operations. The practices that are covered by this cost-share are; animal waste management systems (manure structures, manure pits, compost), roof runoff structures, heavy use area protection (sacrifice lots), pasture and hayland planting (controls weeds, helps ensure healthy forage), and watering trough system (pressure feed or gravity feed). Also available in all the counties mentioned is technical assistance for anyone with horses that needs help with anything relating to horse rotational grazing to waste management structures. For example, if a farm has a gully or "sheet erosion" occurring in pastures due to roof runoff from a barn or a indoor riding arena, causing a stream or water to run across the pasture in a concentrated area, we can design a solution and possibly help fund it.
Each district is allocated $10,000.00. Do not submit applications that exceed the $10,000.00 limit. All applicants for this Equine Cost-Share Program must not be eligible for MACS or EQIP funding (generally, those eligible for MACS and EQIP are larger operations, and this grant program is designed for seven horses or fewer). All practices are cost-shared at 75%. Maximum for cost-sharing in this program. Maximum cost-share per farm is $3,000.00. Counties that are eligible for this cost-share are Harford, Baltimore, Howard, Carroll, and Frederick, but Technical resources are also available in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert, and Charles Counties.
Partners in the project are the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension and Equine Studies Program, the Horse Outreach Workgroup, Maryland Department of the Environment, soil conservation districts, the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties
Eileen Beard: 301-574-5162, x3 E-mail: Eileen.Beard@md.nacdnet.net
Harford, Baltimore & Carroll Counties
Ciara McMurtrie: 410-666-1188, E-mail: Ciara.McMurtrie@md.nacdnet.net
St. Mary's, Calvert & Charles Counties
Sara Lewis: 301-475-8402, x115 E-mail: Sara.Lewis@md.nacdnet.net
Howard, Frederick & Carroll Counties
Michael Calkins: 410-489-7987 E-mail: Michael.Calkins@md.nacdnet.net