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Howard County, Maryland has a total land area of 161,394 acres - of which approximately 25 percent is farmland.

Agriculture is among the top five industries in the county - accounting for more than $200 million in sales each year.

 

There are 318 farms with an average size of 125 acres.


Howard County's major crops include dairy and livestock, corn and small grains, and hay and pastures. Tree fruit, small fruits, and vegetables add to the farm income. Pick-your-own operations, roadside stands, and on-the-farm markets are important outlets for these commodities.

New emerging agricultural products in Howard County include nursery products, turf, bedding plants, and landscaping materials.

 

Latest Newsletter

[Includes details on the 2015 Howard County Farm Bureau Scholarship; 2015 Howard County Farm Bureau Rider Scholarship; and Maryland Farm Bureau 2015 Scholarship.]


Farm Safety & Health Website
 

Got e-mail?
If you would prefer to receive your monthly meeting reminders by the much more economical e-mail route, then please inform Leslie Bauer at Labauer5@verizon.net


Howard County Economic Development Authority - Agriculture Pages

Maryland Professional Lawn Care Manual

President’s Message - January 2015

 

Important Announcement

The next Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" is scheduled for
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
in the Dining Hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Please note the New Meeting Time of Day!! You asked for a change and we listened. Now come out and join us for "breakfast" at dinner.


Farm Bureau Women

By: Merhlyn Barnes

THANKS ANNETTE FLEISHELL! Annette Fleishell recently retired as chairperson of the Miss Howard County Farm Bureau contest (formally Farm Queen Contest). The Board of Directors and Farm Bureau Women sincerely thank her for the many years of excellent leadership in making the contest a success. Annette was presented with a silver tray, jewelry and flowers. 

Annette - We hope you felt like a "queen" for just a little while and look forward to your continued support of the Farm Bureau Women.


Congratulations!

Katelin Johnson
2014 Miss Howard County Farm Bureau

Jillian Morgan
2014 Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau

Erik Jacob
2014 Future Howard County Farmer

For more, please see our
September 2014 Newsletter

"Little Miss" Jillian Morgan and "Future Farmer" Erik Jacob. Back row, left to right: Tess Janson; Jennifer Carroll; Katelin Johnson, "2014 Miss Howard County Farm Bureau" (with ceremonial straw hat and silver plate award); and Jackie Bauer, "First Alternate".

2014 contestant, Jennifer Carroll listens intently, as reigning "2013 Miss Howard County Farm Bureau", Laura Thomas of Ellicott City, highlights some of her interesting activities during the past year while representing Farm Bureau and promoting Maryland agriculture. Laura was last year’s second runner up in the state contest. She closed her remarks with some inspiring words of encouragement for the 2014 Howard County contestants.


PBS: Showcasing Maryland Farming


This video is dedicated to farmers, both past and present who have endured to provide our safe, affordable and abundant food. Please take a minute and thank farmers for all of their efforts.


Show Your Pride in Preservation

By now, you’ve probably seen the beautiful new "Farmland Forever" sign posted on a neighbor’s farm. The sign is available to any property owner whose land is in the Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ALPP). All you need to do to let others know that you’ve made the commitment to preserve your farm is fill out a form. There will be no cost to program participants for the sign or its installation. The sign is made of aluminum and is 24" x 30" in size, and a sample of what it looks like is on the ALPP website, along with the form. The County will construct the sign post and do the installation.

If you would like to show your pride in preservation, please complete and return the on-line form to Joy Levy, ALPP Administrator, at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Joy can also be reached at 410-313-5407 or jlevy@howardcountymd.gov The link to the ALPP web page is http://howardcountymd.gov/DPZ/agriculture.htm


Maryland Farm Bureau On-Line Membership Processing

You can go to the Maryland Farm Bureau website and join our organization with a valid credit card. Likewise current members can go to the website and renew their membership, eliminating the need to mail in the renewal notice with a check. Renewing members will need their membership number.

Maryland Farm Bureau Membership Pages
 

 

                          
 

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