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.
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2016 Howard County Farm
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 7, 2016 during the
Howard County Fair.
• Contests will be held on Sunday, August 7th 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
• 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.
: 16 to 19 years of age as of State Fair
• 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 May.
Are YOU interested? Do you know someone who might be
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