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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.

 

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Howard County Economic Development Authority - Agriculture Pages

Maryland Professional Lawn Care Manual

President’s Message - March 2014

 

Showcasing Maryland Farming - Fall 2013

If you haven’t already seen or heard about it, beginning this fall, Maryland Public Television & Maryland Department of Agriculture will be showcasing MD Farming in a 13-part series. Below is the YouTube promotion video for the series. All 13 segments of the series will air on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. and then be repeated on MPT2 as follows:

• Thursdays at 11:30 p.m.   • Sundays at 6:00 a.m.    • Fridays at 6:00 p.m.

The program will run for thirteen weeks, rest for thirteen weeks, repeat for thirteen weeks, rest for thirteen weeks and then possibly have a premiere for season 2 in November, 2014. Check it out!


Miss Maryland Agriculture Contest - 2013

During opening festivities of the Maryland State Fair at Timonium this past August, the 2013 Miss Maryland Agriculture title was bestowed upon Miss Gabrielle Cory of Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County. But Howard County was also faired well. We are quite proud of our own candidate for that honor, Miss Laura Thomas, of Ellicott City.

Out of 22 candidates competing for the honor, Laura was named second runner up. She thus became one of four contestants named to Miss Maryland Agriculture’s court. She ably assisted the state winner during the State Fair and will continue to represent Farm Bureau throughout the coming year.

Congratulations to:

Laura Thomas
2013 Miss Howard County Farm Bureau

Kelly Spicer
2013 Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau

and to

Michael Yencha
2013 Future Howard County Farmer

These outstanding young people were chosen to receive their respective honors on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the 68th Annual Howard County Fair. Please see the September 2013 Newsletter for more details.
 

Miss Howard County Farm Bureau 2013 & Her Court. Left to Right: First Alternate Katelin Johnson of Mt. Airy; Amy Bodine of Glenwood; 2013 Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Laura Thomas of Ellicott City; Meghan Ross of Woodstock; and Jenny Carroll of Ellicott City.

Left to Right: 2013 Howard County Future Farmer Michael Yencha of Sykesville; and 2013 Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Kelly Spicer of Iamsville.


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.

Just go to www.mdfarmbureau.com and click on "Become a Member Today" in the top right hand corner.

 

                          
 

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