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 next Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" is scheduled for
7:00 p.m. on
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
in the Dining Hall at the Howard
County Fairgrounds. Please note the New Meeting Time of Day!! You
asked for a change and we listened. Now come out and join us for
"breakfast" at dinner.
By: Merhlyn Barnes
THANKS ANNETTE FLEISHELL! Annette
Fleishell recently retired as chairperson of the Miss Howard
County Farm Bureau contest (formally Farm Queen Contest). The
Board of Directors and Farm Bureau Women sincerely thank her for
the many years of excellent leadership in making the contest a
success. Annette was presented with a silver tray, jewelry and
Annette - We hope
you felt like a "queen" for just a little while and look forward
to your continued support of the Farm Bureau Women.
2014 Miss Howard County Farm Bureau
2014 Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau
Jillian Morgan and "Future Farmer" Erik Jacob. Back row, left to
right: Tess Janson; Jennifer Carroll; Katelin Johnson, "2014 Miss
Howard County Farm Bureau" (with ceremonial straw hat and silver
plate award); and Jackie Bauer, "First Alternate".
Jennifer Carroll listens intently, as reigning "2013 Miss Howard
County Farm Bureau", Laura Thomas of Ellicott City, highlights
some of her interesting activities during the past year while
representing Farm Bureau and promoting Maryland agriculture. Laura
was last year’s second runner up in the state contest. She closed
her remarks with some inspiring words of encouragement for the
2014 Howard County contestants.
PBS: Showcasing Maryland
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