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Loan fund targets losses from drought

Because of the severe drought and associated crop losses this year, the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp. has created a loan fund to help farmers with weather-related income losses.

The 2007 Farm Drought and Weather Event Recovery Assistance Loan Fund offers low-interest operating loans to producers who have suffered significant crop, livestock, feed and/or dairy losses.

The program helps pay for all or part of production costs associated with the drought, as well as essential family living expenses.

To apply, producers or rural business owners must submit evidence of financial loss due to the 2007 drought or other weather-related event.

Deadline for applications is Dec. 15. For complete application details, call 410-267-6807 or visit www.marbidco.org.

Agricultural poster contest announced

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) is holding its second annual Agriculture in Maryland Calendar Poster Contest.

The contest is open to all public, private and home-school students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Winners will receive a $50 value award and have their artwork appear in the 2008-2009 MAEF Calendar. Honorable mention artwork also will be selected.

The contest allows students to use their artistic talents to share their understanding of the diversity of Maryland agriculture and the impact agriculture has on daily life.

Entry deadline is April 15. For an entry form and information, visit the MAEF Web site, www.maefonline.com.

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