Maryland Grain Producers

Farmers raising food, fiber and renewable energy

Grant Application Process


The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) was formed in 1991 to administer Maryland's Grain Checkoff Program. Checkoff funds can be used to promote greater utilization of grain through expanded promotion, research, education, information and other similar activities. Funds are generally spent in the same proportion on each crop as they are received. For 2018 funding, MGPUB will continue to support projects to help grain farmers remain profitable through production research and market development as well as improving the image of agriculture through education. The desired project topics are below. Proposals not addressing one of these topics may not be considered.

Priorities for Funding:

    • Develop and evaluate production systems to enable farmers to achieve a 300 bu/acre corn yield.
    • Increase the market share for U.S. grains throughout the world by promoting the quality and safety of U.S. grains.
    • Educate the general public, youth, and the environmental community about agriculture.
    • Establish programs for the control and elimination of palmer amaranth and marestail in economically significant crops.
    • Assess what, if any, water quality benefits that can be credited to the use of genetically-modified crops in a corn-soybean rotation since farmers started using this technology in their crop production.
    • Assess any long-term benefits to water quality by growing multi-species cover crops that include clover compared to single cereal crop cover crops.
    • Evaluate products and systems to maximize the availability of nitrogen from manure and commercial fertilizer for the growing crop.
    • Evaluate products or software that allows farmers to analyze data derived from drone imagery. 
    • 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 cost effective and environmentally sound ways to access non-plant available phosphorus in the soil.
    • Examine soil phosphorus over time (20± years) to determine trends in phosphorus level.
    • Evaluate the economic, environmental, and energy use implications of substituting locally generated poultry litter with imported fertilizer on the Eastern Shore.
    • Determine production methods for effective and economically-viable ways for grain farmers to achieve the continuing desire for increased nutrient efficiency.
    • An assessment of the use of the fall nitrate test for small grains.
    • Determining the nutrient contribution of wildlife into the Chesapeake Bay.
    • Developing and evaluating strategies to reduce deer damage.
    • Evaluating sorghum varieties for Maryland (to be funded in cooperation with the National Sorghum Checkoff Program).
    • Strategies for lessening the negative impact of stinkbugs and slugs on grain crops. Specifically, evaluate the use of a liquid form of Metaldehyde (currently used as granular Deadline) for slug control.
    • A field assessment of the accuracy of tissue analysis based fertilizer recommendations and a study on crop tissue analysis that is production oriented based on stewardship rather than solely based on reduction of fertility.
    • New uses for grain, grain components and by-products.
    • Determine the potential for foliar fertilizer applications to effectively reduce soil nutrient levels.
    • Demonstrate and document the true level of best management practices (BMPs) installed and water quality improvement activities on farms to provide more accurate data to be counted in the Bay Model.
    • Establish protocols for Canadian thistle elimination rather than control.


Grant proposals must include the new MGPUB grant cover sheet (click here for PDF). Full proposal (including cover sheet) should be no longer than 10 pages (5 pages, double-sided, 3-hole punched, no folders or binders) and contain the following information:

  1. NEW: 1-page cover sheet (download here).
  2. Title.
  3. Value of proposed project to Maryland and/or national grain producers; explain why the project is needed and how project will impact education, research, or market development to improve grain utilization or improve the image of agriculture.
  4. Goals and measurable objectives; include procedure to achieve these objectives.
  5. Evaluation; describe evidence that will indicate the results of work and the plan to collect this evidence.
  6. Schedule for proposed project.
  7. Overview of other research/projects being undertaken in this area.
  8. 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.
  9. Qualifications of principal investigator.

Proposals that do not provide the information requested in items 1-9 will not be considered. After the full proposal has been reviewed, an applicant may be asked to supply more information and/or attend the review meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Grasonville to discuss the project.

Multi-year projects should be shown as such, but the Board will approve expenditures annually. Approval in year one is not approval of funding for the length of the project.  A progress report and proposal is required each year. 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. 


45 copies of the cover sheet and grant proposal (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, 123 Clay Drive, Queenstown MD 21658.  


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 (logo available here)
  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 or the final evaluation report by December 1 of each project year, to enable MGPUB to review the results prior to the January funding meeting. Individuals who received funding in 2017 for multi-year projects should submit their requests for 2018 funding at this time, changing the grant number to 2018 and the last 3 digits of their current grant. For example, current grant number 2017100 would be 2018100. 
  4. All reports will be due on December 1 of the year they are approved, unless written permission is granted for an extension. Submit grant report as follows:
    1. 45 copies of report (3-hole punched, no folders or binders) mailed and postmarked no later than December 1 to: MGPUB, 123 Clay Drive, Queenstown MD 21658.
    2. Electronic requirements for report should be emailed to Marguerite Guare at  
      1. A 100-200 word summary in Microsoft Word about the project's findings to be published in local ag publications and MGPUB communications.
      2. The 100-200 word summary (i) as a PDF.
      3. The full 2017 report as a PDF.
  5. If possible, add a link to MGPUB's website ( to provide additional information on the projects that are funded.
  6. Recipients may 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).
  7. If available, attend the Maryland Commodity Classic on July 26, 2018 to explain project.
  8. Slides, overheads and PowerPoint presentations used to present data summaries to groups should list MGPUB as a sponsor (logo available here)
  9. MGPUB directors, or a research committee, may visit ongoing projects to discuss the project with the grant recipient.
  10. Additional requirements may be requested.