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.
emerging agricultural products in Howard County include nursery
products, turf, bedding plants, and landscaping materials.
sponsored by the Howard County Farm Bureau Women and will be held
on Sunday, August 3, 2014 during the Howard County Fair.
Contests will be held on Sunday, August 3rd at the Howard County
Contestants will ride in the Opening Day Parade.
Cash awards to all contestants
Gifts and scholarships awarded to winners.
Family must be a member of, or join, the Howard County Farm
Fun and rewarding for all participants.
Must carry agricultural-related 4-H project.
Must be age-eligible to participate:
" Little Miss & Future Farmer Contests:
8 to 11 years of age as of August 1st.
" Miss Contest: 16 to 19 years of age as of State Fair Contest.
Miss Howard County Farm Bureau stage portion of contest is held
3:00 pm in the Show Pavilion.
Future Howard County Farmer and Little Miss Howard County Farm
Bureau presented during intermission of Miss Contest in Show
Age-eligible contestants who belong to the Howard County 4-H
Program will receive a detailed letter regarding these contests in
Are YOU interested?
Do you know someone who might be interested?
Please call or email either: Merhlyn Barnes at (410) 489-4465,
Dawn Watkins, (301) 253-2921 for Miss Contest.
Mary Jeanne Coles at (410) 775-7431 or email@example.com for
Future Farmer or Little Miss Contest.
DAYS OF TASTE - 2014
Please join us at
one of the nine Howard County elementary schools scheduled to
participate in Days of Taste, an educational program that the
Howard County Farm Bureau has generously agreed to support in
will experience the good taste of fresh fruits and vegetables
under the guidance of a local chef as well as learn where their
food comes from during a visit to a local farm. Efforts to
encourage elementary school students’ selection of fresh foods
over processed foods is one way to improve their eating habits and
reduce the problem of overweight/obesity which affects 1 in 4
Howard County children under the age of 18 years.
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
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.
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