The Maryland Grain
Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) was formed in 1991 to
administer Maryland's Grain Checkoff Program.
Checkoff funds can be used to promote greater utilization of
grain through expanded promotion, research, education,
information and other similar activities.
Funds are generally spent in the same
proportion on each crop as they are received. For
2018 funding, MGPUB will continue to support projects to help
grain farmers remain profitable through production research and
market development as well as improving the image of agriculture
through education. The desired project topics are below.
Proposals not addressing one of these topics may not be
- Develop and
evaluate production systems to enable farmers to achieve
a 300 bu/acre corn yield.
- Increase the
market share for U.S. grains throughout the world by
promoting the quality and safety of U.S. grains.
- Educate the
general public, youth, and the environmental community
programs for the control and elimination of palmer
amaranth and marestail in economically significant
- Assess what, if
any, water quality benefits that can be credited to the
use of genetically-modified crops in a corn-soybean
rotation since farmers started using this technology in
their crop production.
- Assess any
long-term benefits to water quality by growing
multi-species cover crops that include clover compared
to single cereal crop cover crops.
products and systems to maximize the availability of
nitrogen from manure and commercial fertilizer for the
products or software that allows farmers to analyze data
derived from drone imagery.
- Determining N
use efficiency and/or N loss in a corn-soybean rotation
when applying poultry litter at rotational P removal
rates and then applying remaining N needs through
enhanced N application technologies (Greenseeker™, PSNT)
- Determine cost
effective and environmentally sound ways to access
non-plant available phosphorus in the soil.
- Examine soil
phosphorus over time (20± years) to determine trends in
- Evaluate the
economic, environmental, and energy use implications of
substituting locally generated poultry litter with
imported fertilizer on the Eastern Shore.
production methods for effective and economically-viable
ways for grain farmers to achieve the continuing desire
for increased nutrient efficiency.
- An assessment
of the use of the fall nitrate test for small grains.
- Determining the
nutrient contribution of wildlife into the Chesapeake
- Developing and
evaluating strategies to reduce deer damage.
sorghum varieties for Maryland (to be funded in
cooperation with the National Sorghum Checkoff Program).
- Strategies for
lessening the negative impact of stinkbugs and slugs on
grain crops. Specifically, evaluate the use of a liquid
form of Metaldehyde (currently used as granular
Deadline) for slug control.
- A field
assessment of the accuracy of tissue analysis based
fertilizer recommendations and a study on crop tissue
analysis that is production oriented based on
stewardship rather than solely based on reduction of
- New uses for
grain, grain components and by-products.
- Determine the
potential for foliar fertilizer applications to
effectively reduce soil nutrient levels.
- Demonstrate and
document the true level of best management practices
(BMPs) installed and water quality improvement
activities on farms to provide more accurate data to be
counted in the Bay Model.
protocols for Canadian thistle elimination rather than
Grant proposals must include the
new MGPUB grant cover sheet (click here for PDF).
Full proposal (including
sheet) should be no longer than 10 pages (5 pages,
double-sided, 3-hole punched, no folders or binders) and contain the following information:
- NEW: 1-page cover sheet (download
- Value of proposed
project to Maryland and/or national grain producers; explain
why the project is needed and how project will impact
education, research, or market development to improve grain
utilization or improve the image of agriculture
- Goals and measurable
objectives; include procedure to achieve these objectives.
- Evaluation; describe
evidence that will indicate the results of work and the
plan to collect this evidence
- Schedule for proposed
- Overview of other
research/projects being undertaken in this area
- Itemized budget,
showing each year's expenditure (if longer than one year),
other funding sources and amounts (including
institution investment), breakdown into salaries, fringe
benefits, equipment, travel, materials and methods, etc.;
MGPUB grants cannot be used to pay indirect costs
- Qualifications of principal
Proposals that do not
provide the information requested in
items 1-9 will not be considered.
After the full proposal has been reviewed, an applicant
may be asked to supply more information and/or attend the review
meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Hilton Garden
Inn in Grasonville to discuss the project.
should be shown as such, but the Board will approve expenditures
annually. Approval in year one is not
approval of funding for the length of the project. A
progress report and proposal is required each year. Any
amendment to the length of a project must be noted and
justified. The work outlined in the initial
proposal must be completed before additional funding will be
provided; MGPUB does not permit stacking of grant funds from one
year to another.
45 copies of the
cover sheet and
grant proposal (maximum of 5 double-sided pages,
3-hole punched, no folders or binders), must be submitted by mail (not email or
fax) and postmarked no later than December 1 to: MGPUB, 209
Jarman Branch Drive, Centreville MD 21617.
Recipients of grants will be required to:
- List MGPUB as a sponsor and display signs provided by
MGPUB, during field days, demonstrations, producer meetings,
etc. and when results are published (logo available here)
- All projects will require a final evaluation report
showing how the objectives have been met.
- Multiple year projects will require an annual progress
report or the final evaluation report by
December 1 of each project year,
to enable MGPUB to review the results prior to the January
funding meeting. Individuals who received funding in 2017
for multi-year projects should submit their requests for
2018 funding at this time,
changing the grant number to 2018
and the last 3 digits of their current
grant. For example, current grant number 2017100 would be
- All reports will be due on December 1 of the year they are
approved, unless written permission is granted for an
extension. Submit grant
report as follows:
- 45 copies of report (3-hole punched, no folders or
binders) mailed and postmarked no later than December 1
to: MGPUB, 209 Jarman Branch Drive, Centreville MD
- Electronic requirements
for report should be emailed to
Marguerite Guare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A 100-200 word summary in Microsoft Word about the project's
findings to be published in local ag publications and MGPUB
- The 100-200 word summary (i) as a PDF.
- The full 2017 report as a PDF.
- If possible, add a link to MGPUB's website
(www.MarylandGrain.com) to provide additional information on
the projects that are funded.
- Recipients may be required to attend a meeting to
report their progress and findings to the Board of Directors
of MGPUB (or a sub-committee of the Board).
- If available, attend the Maryland Commodity Classic on
July 26, 2018 to explain project.
- Slides, overheads and PowerPoint presentations used to
present data summaries to groups should list MGPUB as a
sponsor (logo available here)
- MGPUB directors, or a research committee, may visit
ongoing projects to discuss the project with the grant
- Additional requirements may be requested.