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.
The Howard County Agri-Business
"Breakfast for Dinner"
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The next Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" will
take place on Thursday, September 17, 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
Peggy Eppig, with Maryland
Agriculture Education Foundation, has been invited to be the guest
speaker for this event. Peggy has done work in natural resources
education development and farm-based education training and
development. She also serves as the state lead for the Aldo
Leopold Foundation educational programs in Maryland. In her "other
life" she is an agricultural and conservation historian, with an
emphasis on early 20th century. Peggy will be speaking, starting
at 7:30 on the topic of Farm Based Education Training and
Development, so make sure you attend this Agri-Business Breakfast!
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