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.
[INCLUDES FARMER TRAINING CERTIFICATION
FORMS & ORDER FORM FOR FLORIDA ORANGES!]
November 2014. A special message from Howie Feaga, President - Howard County Farm Bureau.
This will be the last issue of the Howard County
Farm Bureau Newsletter in which Allan Bandel will be serving as
editor. He has decided to step aside after 19 years and doing a
great job as editor. He first took on that job (temporarily, he
thought) in 1996 when Ron Cashdollar was serving as President.
Since then, there have been three more county presidents (Phil
Jones, Charlie Feaga, and now me).
I canít tell you how enjoyable it has been to
read the information he assembled, especially some of the stories
he published in the Newsletter about his life growing up in rural
Howard County. I find many of them easy for me to relate to since
we were close neighbors for many years. I well remember some of
the characters in the stories that he has frequently written
Allan usually improved my "Message to Members"
articles by correcting my grammar and rearranging some of my
sentences so that you can better understand the points that I was
trying to convey. I want to wish him well as I know you all will
too. Take care, Allan, and "thanks for putting some of your
memories" in print to share with the rest of us. Perhaps we can
prevail upon you occasionally in the future to share a few more of
those stories with us.
Howie Feaga, President - Howard County Farm Bureau
The Howard County
Agri-Business "Breakfast for Dinner" is scheduled for
7:00 p.m. on
Thursday, November 19, 2014
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.
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 yearís second runner up in the state contest. She closed
her remarks with some inspiring words of encouragement for the
2014 Howard County contestants.
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
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 studentsí 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.
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, youíve
probably seen the beautiful new "Farmland Forever" sign posted on
a neighborís 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 youíve
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