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, 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
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.
Contests - Are YOU Interested this Year in
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
• 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
• 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
• Please call or email either: Merhlyn Barnes at (410)
• Mary Jeanne Coles at (410) 775-7431 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for Future Farmer or Little
at the 70th Howard County Fair!
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
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:
Products (and how they are used)
you do year-round to "create" your commodity
Farming Techniques you use
proven Farming techniques you are still using, and their
benefits of use
effort you have put in to protecting the Chesapeake
you feel the General Howard County Population should know
about your Farming/Agriculture Related Operation that
would help them better understand your Operations.
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
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!
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