Author: Lindsay Stine

Grainger COVID-19 Recommendations

Covid-19 recommendations

Please Note: Due to overwhelming market demand, there may be some delivery delays on select safety and cleaning products at this time.   

 Product Category Spreadsheet

  • Respirators 
  • Cleaners & Sanitizers 
  • PPE

Communicable Disease Spreadsheet
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  • Situational Insight 
  • Exploratory 
  • Product Categories 
  • Quick Links 

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Maryland Farm Bureau members get special member prices on selected categories and brands from Grainger, PLUS get free standard parcel shipping on all standard Grainger products. Get started with your price savings using 3 easy methods: 

  1. Present the Maryland Farm Bureau account number at time of purchase: 855922282 
  2. Go to to establish a new account using that account number; or
  3. Call Grainger customer service at 1-800-472-4643 to update your existing Grainger account with the Farm Bureau organization account number: 855922282 

Domestic & Global Economic Outlook for Agriculture

Domestic & Global Economic Outlook for Agriculture

By Ryan Zimmerman

Farm Credit of the Virginias recently held a webinar featuring Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Kohl is well-known throughout the country for his wealth of knowledge related to agricultural economics on the global and domestic markets. During the webinar, he provided his insights and an outlook of what the farm economy will look like following COVID-19.

“This isn’t a financial shock, it’s a bio-shock; we will bounce back from this.”
– Dr. David M. Kohl

Depressed Commodity Markets
It’s no surprise that many aspects of our lives and our work will be different once the chaos of COVID-19 subsides. Commodity prices will be affected with corn prices dropping as ethanol uses become less relevant. Economists predict wheat and soybean prices to increase in the near future. We shouldn’t expect this to be like the recession back in 2009 where market prices followed a V-shape. Instead, it will be an elongated L-shape where the next few quarters will show a negative economic growth, with the third and fourth quarters showing a bounce back.

Surges in Buying Local
Although it seems like doom and gloom for agriculture right now, know that there are several positive outcomes expected down the road. The general public will come out of this wanting more local, safe, and reliable sources of food. Niche markets, agritourism, and farmers markets could see a post-COVID-19 boom.

Environmental Improvements
It’s expected that our soils, water, and general environment will become healthier throughout this pandemic. Deurbanization may become more prominent as people look to step away from highly populated areas with greater rates of infection.

Increased Pressure from Lawmakers
Another big thing to take from this is once we have moved out of this Bio-shock, we need to keep our legislators and policy makers in check. Farmers are well known for managing around new policy changes on a local, state, and national scale; but this could cause some lawmakers to try to push drastic changes in order to protect us from another event like this. We can’t let fear control our future decisions, that could have negative impacts in the long run. U.S. Agriculture is resilient, the U.S. farmer and his families are some of the toughest people in the world. We will bounce back from this, we will recover, and when we do we will be stronger than ever.

Things to Watch: As we transition into the spring and summer months, farmers should pay attention to factory utilization, real estate, copper prices, and the weather in the southern hemisphere – the next area predicted to be hit with a Coronavirus surge.

Stay Tuned: Maryland Farm Bureau’s newest member benefit, INTL FCStone will be holding a free market outlook webinar for members in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on your email and social media for additional details.

Baltimore County Farm Bureau Awarded Grant to Enhance Ag Literacy

Baltimore Co. Farm Bureau Awarded Grant for Ag Literacy

Baltimore County Farm Bureau was among 10 communities selected by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) to receive a $1,000 White-Reinhardt mini-grant. The grant will be used by the county Farm Bureau for an “Ag Literacy in the Middle Grades” program.

The county Farm Bureau will be expanding an existing program that currently serves elementary schoolers in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. Working with the University of Maryland Extension/Baltimore County 4-H program, the grant will fund work with schools in under-represented areas to increase awareness of the agricultural industry. 

“Agriculture education is vital in our school systems,” says Jo-Ann Chason, Baltimore County Farm Bureau President. “Agriculture is the largest industry in our state, and is full of opportunities for young minds to get involved. We’re very excited for the expansion of this program to the middle school level.”

The program aims to build a deeper understanding of the importance of agriculture in our society. The county’s middle school program will focus specifically on how agriculture affects the food system, environment, and technology.

Students will have the opportunity to plan, install, and maintain a school greenspace using knowledge gained from their Farm Bureau mentors and project resources. Through related professional development, teachers will also have the chance to learn from University of Maryland Extension faculty.

Baltimore County Farm Bureau plans to use the grant to purchase a composting starter kit that will be distributed to two pilot schools. The composter will be used in lessons related to agriculture and the environment to help students see the impact of sustainable gardening practices on greenspace. An open house for the project is expected to be held in June 2020.

Anne Arundel County Resources

Anne Arundel County Resources

Anne Arundel County Extension
97 Dairy Lane
Gambrills, MD 21054 
P: 410-222-3900 | F: 410-222-3909

Anne Arundel County Government
1 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
P: (410) 841-5700

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
P: 877-620-8367

Soil Conservation District
2662 Riva Road, Suite 150
Annapolis, MD 21401
P: 410-571-6757

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
15045 Burnt Store Road, P.O. Box 745
Hughesville, MD 20637 
P: 301-274-1922

Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. 
26737 Radio Station Way, Suite D
Leonardtown, MD 20650
P: 301-475-8427 ext. 6 | F: 301-475-8391

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

2660 Riva Road, Suite 20

Annapolis, MD 21401

P: 410-222-7410

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