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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 - May 2014

 

2014
Howard County Farm Bureau Contests

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 3, 2014 during the Howard County Fair.

Contests will be held on Sunday, August 3rd 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 a detailed letter 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.


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 2014.

Fourth graders 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.

Learn More & See Schedule in the May 2014 Newsletter


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.

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