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, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The next Howard County Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" will
take place on Thursday, November 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! *Remember this is an
James Zoller will
be our guest speaker, talking about Roving Radish for this month’s
event. He was born and raised in Howard County on his family’s
farm, which his grandfather bought in 1936. He left Howard County
for 4 years to attend Virginia Tech where he received a degree in
marketing management. After receiving his degree, he returned to
the family farm where he lives today next to his parents with his
wife Kelly, son Joseph and daughter Charlotte.
James was hired by
Howard County in 2014 to take the concept of the Roving Radish and
turn it into a viable program. James’ business experience in
combination with his agricultural background has made him a
perfect fit to run the Roving Radish. He feels fortunate to have
the opportunity to support the local agricultural community that
he feels strong ties with while promoting healthy eating.
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