Resource Roundup: Howard County Just Launched a $20K Agtech Grant

For those in the farming tech industry, Howard County is now accepting applications for an up-to-$20,000 grant for founders.

Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) opened applications for its Howard Country Agricultural Grant for Innovation and Expansion, designed to help agricultural producers looking to expand their tech or try a new process. The grant is also open to tech companies looking to test their agricultural products.

Five grants from $1,000 to $20,000 are available, though Kathy Johnson, director of agricultural business development of HCEDA, said more could be made available. Applicants can use the funds for research and new development, construction, or major purchases, although they will need to commit to using some of their own funds as well. In past cycles, she said, farmers have considered applying for funds for drone technology.