The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization
Board (MGPUB) administers Maryland's Grain Checkoff Program. Checkoff funds
are used to promote greater utilization of grain through expanded promotion,
research, education, information and other similar activities.
Marylandís checkoff program has been in effect since 1991 and collects a
half a percent of the net value of grain sold. The MGPUB administers the
funds through a board consisting of regional grain farmer representatives
and advisory members representing the University of Maryland, Maryland
Department of Agriculture, and agri-businesses in the state.
Funds are spent in the same proportion on
each crop as they are received, and are
specific to the needs of Maryland's grain farmers. The funding comes from
Maryland producers and is spent on projects to ultimately make farming
easier and more profitable in Maryland.
MGPUB seeks grant requests to carry out this
mission. Applications should be postmarked no later than December 1 of the
current year. Grants are awarded
following the board meeting in January.