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Farms & Agriculture

The Future is Farm-Smart

In Howard County, we don’t need to get back to the land. We never left it. In Maryland, Farming and Agriculture is the 5th largest economic driver, with local agriculture sales topping over $200 million. Howard County’s own diverse agriculture industry is 335 farms strong, with:

  • Innovative and robust growth in landscape, greenhouse and horticulture enterprises
  • A boom in agri-tourism and locovore food sales to consumers through farmers’ markets and other outlets
  • More horses per acre than any other county in the U.S., along with boarding and training services

The Farmers' Friend

HCEDA’s Agricultural Marketing Program works with the farming community as their constant advocate on agriculture-related legislation and business development. We also help you plow through the red tape on other important issues:

Grants and Financing

A resource to find out more information on State, Regional, and National loans and grants for farms.

Find out if there are any grants that could help your farm »

Diversification Ideas

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your farm's production is a great way to grow your business - and meet increasing consumer demand for fresh foods.

There is more then one way to grow some green »

Farmers Markets

Howard County offers farmers markets five days a week throughout the county, meaning that farm fresh produce is much closer then you think.

Find a farmers market near you »