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Howard County Department of Health

Your easiest resource for on-farm food processing, on-farm dinners and right-to-farm regulations.

Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning

An online resource for information on development, zoning, agricultural and environmental preservation, and community planning in Howard County

Howard County Department of Licenses and Permits 

The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits is dedicated to ensuring that buildings are built in such a way that they are safe and functional. 

Howard Soil Conservation District

Staff of trained specialists help landowners make wise land-use decisions for their properties. Cost sharing assistance from federal, state and/or local sources may be available for conservation practices that control erosion and improve water quality.

The Howard Soil Conservation District is solely authorized to review sediment and erosion control plans and small pond designs for all proposed developments.

University of Maryland Extension-Howard County

Your Howard County office of the University of Maryland Extension is supported by funding from Howard County government, the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture. This is a three-way partnership that has worked for over 80 years, reaching out to assist thousands of Howard County citizens.

Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program

Through this voluntary program, a farmer whose land meets certain size and soil criteria can offer to sell a perpetual easement to the County, while holding a fee simple title to the land and continuing to farm. The farm may be sold, but the easement, which restricts the development of the property, remains with the land and binds all future owners. View Map of land in Howard County. 

Invasive Species Website

There is an ongoing threat in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, one that is causing damage to the environment, agricultural output, and the economy.  Many people are unaware that this threat even exists, let alone the magnitude of its scope.  This threat is referred to as “invasive species,” and is not to be taken lightly. 

Grants and Financing

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

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.