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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.