The Southern Maryland Meats Program (SMM) is pleased to announce the application process for the 2022 SMM Junior Breeding Program is now open.
The SMM Junior program was developed to engage youth in raising high-quality meat animals that meet SMM standards for feeding, humane handling and responsible husbandry practices, and to encourage participation to the adult SMM marketing program.
The SMM Junior Livestock program is open to children and youth (ages 8-21) involved in livestock production residing in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are encouraged to apply. Since the creation of the junior promotion program in 2017, 84 young people have registered to participate. SMM Junior’s eligible livestock projects include cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and rabbits.
“Southern Maryland Meats has always considered it one of its missions to feed the next generation of ranchers,” commented Craig Sewell, Marketing and Livestock Manager at SMM. “Through the creation of the Junior Promotion Program and as a 15-year premier sponsor of the Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Exposition (SMILE), SMM has demonstrated its commitment to supporting future farmers in the region.”
Participants in the SMM Jr. program receive a free t-shirt and booth card to promote their animals at fall county fairs and, at the end of the program, a $100 stipend to help fund their animal projects. breeding in progress. To be eligible for the final completion award, juniors must submit an essay on one of the following three topics:
- What are the biggest challenges in raising cattle for meat?
- Why is agriculture important to southern Maryland?
- Have you wondered how something that happens in a foreign country can affect your farm here in the United States? To explain.
Applications for the SMM Junior program must be submitted by May 30, 2022. Find it online Junior Application Form 2022 and all program details on “Junior Program” page to SouthernMarylandMeats.com. The Southern Maryland Meat Marketing Program is a program of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Southern Maryland Tri-County Council.