Applications open for Farmer Relief Grant to help with rising fertilizer prices

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Frederick County farmers and agricultural crop growers can apply for Farmer Relief Grants starting Wednesday, June 15 to help offset the rapidly rising cost of fertilizer.

Supply chain problems caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have forced fertilizer prices to rise significantly. The cost to fertilize a single hectare of corn averages about $256, up from $101.87 per acre a year ago, depending on the types of fertilizer the soil requires. Urea ammonium nitrate prices have risen by more than 267% in the last year.

“We need our farmers to continue farming,” Executive Gardner said. “This grant is designed to keep fields in production, even as the cost of doing business has more than doubled.”

Eligible farmers and agricultural crop growers will be able to request $20 in advance for each acre that produces harvestable crops to help cover the cost of fertilizer. To be eligible, an applicant:

  • You must be a full-time farmer and have earned the majority of your income during the last two years from farming;
  • You must own or lease land located in Frederick County;
  • Have planted or plan to plant crops during this calendar year. Farms are also eligible if they grow crops that are not planted annually but require the outlay of fertilizer;
  • You must have purchased fertilizer since January 1, 2022;
  • You must be in good standing with the IRS, the State of Maryland, and Frederick County government, and comply with human rights laws; Y
  • You must allow the County to work with the local Farm Service Agency to verify planted acreage information.

Applications will be accepted online until 11:59 pm on Friday, July 15. Additional details and the application portal can be found at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/FarmerRelief . Questions should be directed to Jaclyn Bryant at the Frederick County Office of Economic Development at [email protected] or by calling 301-600-1053.

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