Md. has provided more than $9 million in COVID-19 relief funds for agriculture and seafood producers

Md. has provided more than $9 million in COVID-19 relief funds for agriculture and seafood producers

Forests and farmland in Western Maryland. Photo by javcon117 with Flickr Creative Commons License

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The state of Maryland has now provided more than $9 million in COVID-19 relief funds to support agriculture and seafood producers.

The money was allocated by Maryland’s Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the request of Gov. Larry Hogan and is part of the state’s $600-plus million emergency economic relief plan.

The funding milestone was announced by Hogan, Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder and DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio in a series of statements on Tuesday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented hardship for so many, and while Maryland’s farmers and producers are certainly no exception, they have continued to work hard every single day to support our food supply chain,” Hogan said. “We remain strongly committed to helping Maryland’s agricultural community as we weather this storm together.”

“This year has been a challenge unlike any other, and that is especially true for the state’s food production businesses,”  Bartenfelder said. “While we understand this money will not make everyone whole, it is the least we can do to provide some relief to the men and women who have worked throughout this public health crisis to ensure that we continue to have reliable access to a safe food supply.”

“This funding provides much-needed relief to help eligible individuals in the seafood industry get through these tough market conditions,” Haddaway-Riccio said. “With the governor’s leadership and our strong federal partnerships, we have worked to make the application process as seamless as possible for those who need it. We will continue working with industry on long-term strategies to recover and strengthen Maryland’s markets post-pandemic.”

There are 271,061 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland as of Tuesday morning, according to the state’s Department of Health and 5,636 people in Maryland have died from the virus. The state’s positivity rate is at 8.1%, which is well above CDC recommended guidelines for containment. Maryland has conducted more than 5.6 million COVID-19 tests.

More than 162,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported nationwide on Monday.

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Bryan Renbaum

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Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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