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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

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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 - May 2015


The Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner"

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The next Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall of the Howard County Fairgrounds. Please mark this new date on your calendar and plan to join us! *Remember this is an Evening event.

The Howard County Council has been invited to speak with our members at the Breakfast for Dinner. The meeting will begin at 7 pm with our meal and the Howard County Council will speak to us from 7:30 to 8 pm with time for questions and answers at the end of the session. 

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Howard County Farm Bureau

Contests - Are YOU Interested this Year in Participating?

Miss Howard County Farm Bureau

Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau

Howard County Future Farmer

~Contests are sponsored by the Howard County Farm Bureau Women and will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015 during the Howard County Fair.

• Contests will be held on Sunday, August 9th at the Howard County Fair.

• 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 Bureau.

• 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 Pavilion. Age-eligible contestants who belong to the Howard County 4-H Program will receive detailed information regarding these contests in early June.

Are YOU interested? Do you know someone who might be interested?

• Please call or email either: Merhlyn Barnes at (410) 489-4465, Merhlynbarnes@aol.com OR

• Dawn Watkins, (301) 253-2921 for Miss Contest.

• Mary Jeanne Coles at (410) 775-7431 or cmjcoles4@aol.com for Future Farmer or Little Miss Contest.

Agricultural Emphasis
at the 70th Howard County Fair!

By: Krisi Currier, Howard County Fair Assoc


The Howard County Fair Association is gearing up for the 70th Fair August 8-15, 2015, and we want to have a STRONG PARTICIPATION FROM THE FARMING COMMUNITY!

This year we are pushing for as much Agriculture Information as we can to be displayed throughout the Fairgrounds. I want to be sure that you all have an opportunity to show off your particular Operations:

    • Your Products (and how they are used)

    • The work you do year-round to "create" your commodity

    • New Farming Techniques you use

    • Older, proven Farming techniques you are still using, and their benefits of use

    • The effort you have put in to protecting the Chesapeake Watershed

    • Anything you feel the General Howard County Population should know about your Farming/Agriculture Related Operation that would help them better understand your Operations.

Colorful Visual Displays are great. Interactive displays are even better. Here’s your chance to reach out to a community who may not understand why you are taking a large piece of equipment down the road, even on the weekend; why you use some chemicals to grow the things you grow; or why, and what’s entailed in "Growing Organic". Sound could even be incorporated into a display. If you have aerial photos of Your Farms, that in itself would be interesting to the public!!!!

Hopefully we might even have the Farm Bureau Queen and Court Members do a demo this year- showing off to the Public their knowledge on some facet of Agriculture!! Wouldn’t that be impressive for Howard County!!

Howard County has such a caring, conscientious Farming Community that has kept up with the innovative improvements in the industry, and works hard to produce quality products locally and throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Let’s find a way to show our Community the Best of what we are doing!

--Kristi Currier, Howard County Fair Assoc


Please see our March 2015 Newsletter for more information and sponsorship details



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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