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Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.

The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) corporation affiliated with the University of Maryland College Park and the University System of Maryland.  Founded in 1999, the Center brings together diverse interests from the agricultural, forestry, and environmental communities for the purpose of retaining Maryland's working landscapes and the industries they support while protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 

Mission Statement of the Center:

Provide leadership to promote environmentally sound and economically viable agriculture and forestry as Maryland's preferred land use through research, outreach and collaboration.


**RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES - Pre-Proposals due May 15th**

Overview:  Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology seeks to lead an effort to expand the use of soil health practices by farmers to improve farm profitability and resiliency with the secondary benefit of sequestering carbon. This priority is part of the strategic priorities developed by the Board of Directors. The project will leverage a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant to Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) that seeks to enhance soil health and improve both air quality through increased carbon sequestration and water quality through increased efficiency of nutrient use and water management.  RFP:  Soil Health through soil carbon measurement

Overview:  Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology seeks to lead an effort to promote healthy forest ecosystems in Maryland by expanding public awareness of forest health and promoting forest management activities on private and public forested lands. Healthy Forests provide air and water ecosystem services that are degraded when invasive plants and insects disrupt ecological processes. Unmanaged or poorly managed forests are often vulnerable to drought, disease, fire, and storm damage while supporting deer population growth. Healthy forests are resilient to climate change and disturbance, increase the capacity for carbon sequestration, water filtration, and provide critical habitat to native animals and plants. Further, managed forests may provide income to landowners and wood for the forest product industry. Forestry in Maryland employs 10,000 people and contributes $4 billion to the state’s economy. Each year, the state of Maryland receives $26 million in tax dollars from forestry. Investing in managing Maryland’s forests will support the quality of our environment and our economy.  RFP:  The Ajax Eastman Fund for Forest Health in Maryland: Improving forest health through management in Maryland's private and public forestlands.



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