Maryland Grain Producers

Farmers raising food, fiber and renewable energy

Grant Application Process


The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) seeks proposals from universities, organizations and individuals to help fulfil its mission to increase the profitability of Maryland grain production and to improve the public understanding of agriculture. MGPUB uses checkoff investments to support these education, promotion and research projects.

MGPUB reviews grant proposal requests in December of each year. Annual (progress) and final reports of previously funded grants are also submitted by December 1 to enable MGPUB to review the results prior to the January funding meeting. MGPUB requires 45 copies of the proposals and 45 copies of any reports from the previous year with the next year's proposal. After the full proposal has been reviewed, an applicant may be asked to supply more information and/or attend the review meeting in January to discuss the project. Multi-year projects should be shown as such, but the Board will approve expenditures annually. 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.

Priorities for 2017 Funding:

  • Develop and evaluate production systems to enable farmers to achieve a 300 bu/acre corn yield to feed the expanding population.

  • Assess what, if any, water quality benefits that can be credited to the use of genetically- modified corn and soybeans since farmers started using this technology in their crop production.

  • Evaluate the differences in laboratories reporting tissue sampling results and create guidance/recommendations for grower interpretation of the values.

  • Research nutrient uptake and resulting crop yields based on timing of application in concert with weather conditions, degree units, and other cover (cover crops) growing to determine optimal conditions for fall/winter nutrient applications.

  •  Investigate the benefit and efficiency of foliar application of nutrients on grain crops.

  •  Determining cost effectiveness of poultry litter in comparison to inorganic fertilizer, including the increased transportation cost, application cost, and incorporation cost.

  •  Evaluate the release of nitrogen from cover crops and the availability to the next crop including timing and amount.

  •  Examine soil phosphorus over time (20± years) to determine trends in phosphorus level.

  •  Evaluate the economic, environmental and production impacts of allowing farmers to spread poultry litter to satisfy two-year crop needs for Phosphorus in a single application in a corn, wheat, soybean rotation to enable more affordable and practical application rates, reduced incorporation frequency with potential soil loss, etc.

  •  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) under irrigation.

  •  Determine production methods for effective and economically-viable ways for grain farmers to achieve the goal of continuous improvement in nutrient use efficiency.

  •  An assessment of the use of the fall nitrate test for small grains.

  •  Developing and evaluating strategies to reduce wildlife crop damage.

  • Promote and market Maryland grains in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Educate the general public, youth, environmental community and policy makers about agriculture.


Full proposals, which must be no longer than 10 pages (5 pages, double-sided, 3-hole punched), should contain the following information. Proposals that do not provide the information requested in this section will not be considered. Download funding request in PDF format here.

  1. Title
  2. Name of organization to which grant should be made
  3. Principal investigators - names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, websites and affiliations
  4. An Abstract (limited to one page)
  5. Amount requested
  6. Other funding sources
  7. Statement of need to justify the project
  8. Value of proposed project to Maryland and/or national grain producers; explain how project will impact education, research, marketing and promotion to improve grain utilization or improve the image of agriculture
  9. Goals and measurable objectives
  10. Procedure to achieve these objectives
  11. Evaluation
  12. Schedule for proposed project
  13. Overview of other research/projects being undertaken in this area
  14. 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
  15. Qualifications of principal investigator


Recipients of grants will be required to:

  1. List MGPUB as a sponsor and display signs provided by MGPUB, during field days, demonstrations, producer meetings, etc. and when results are published
  2. All projects will require a final evaluation report showing how the objectives have been met
  3. Multiple year projects will require an annual progress report and a final evaluation report
  4. Reports will be due on December 1 of the year they are approved unless written permission is granted for an extension
  5. Recipients will 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)
  6. Provide a 100-200 word electronic summary about the project's findings to be published in local ag publications, MGPUB's newsletter and on the MGPUB website
  7. If possible, add a link to MGPUB's website ( to provide additional information on the projects that are funded
  8. If available, attend the MGPA/MGPUB Annual meeting in July (4th Thursday) to explain project
  9. Slides, overheads and PowerPoint presentations used to present data summaries to groups should list MGPUB as a sponsor
  10. MGPUB directors, or a research committee, may visit ongoing projects to discuss the project with the grant recipient
  11. Additional requirements may be requested


45 copies of the proposals (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.