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, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The next Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" will
take place on Thursday, March 19, 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! The highlight of March’s
"Breakfast for Dinner" will be a showing of the movie "WE", Back
by Popular Demand!
at the 70th Howard County Fair!
Currier, Howard County Fair Assoc
The Howard County
Fair Association is gearing up for the 70th Fair August 1-8, 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!
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