St. Mary’s recently signed an MOU with Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission to authorize construction of a Regional Agricultural Center.
Last week the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) to authorize funding for the construction of the Regional Agricultural Center (RAC) in St. Mary’s County. Under the MOU, the county will provide $4.7mil toward the project, and SMADC will contribute $1.5mil.
According to the press release:
“With the RAC project, we will be better able to serve all our agricultural communities, including farmers and producers, while bringing to our citizens the ability to acquire locally grown products. We are proud that this project, located in northern St. Mary’s County, will be the first in the State of Maryland,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan, member of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, on the project. Commissioner President Randy Guy said, “This project is a great collaboration and one that will benefit so many of our farmers and residents.”
The RAC will add value to the Southern Maryland agricultural and livestock industry. Once constructed, the facility will include a butcher shop, finer meats processing, a meat locker, cold storage, warehousing and distribution, commercial and instructional kitchen, and product storage. The creation of a Southern Maryland Meats charcuterie brand is envisioned, along with apprenticeship and job training programs. It is forecast that the RAC will supply full-time employment for 17 Southern Maryland residents. The 8,300 square foot facility is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2023.