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State Links

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Maryland agriculture is vital to the long-term health of the state's economy, environment and quality of life. Maryland farmers - like homeowners and all residents - play a key role in protecting our state's natural resources, especially the Chesapeake Bay.

Farm Business Planning Workbook

Examples of business plans, SWOT analysis and everything you will need to write your own farm business plan.

Farm Business Plan
Building a Sustainable Business

Entrepreneurship Tools:  Dream, Plan, Implement

Starting a business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. But, careful planning, a good understanding of all your numbers, adaptability, and perseverance are often the keys to a successful business start-up.

To help ensure your business' success, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the basic requirements for starting a business in Maryland.

University of Maryland Extension

University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

A resource for value added and on farm food processing and storage.

Future Harvest- A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (Future Harvest CASA)

Future Harvest A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (Future Harvest CASA) is a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC. Future Harvest CASA promotes profitable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable food and farming systems that work to sustain communities.

Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center (MREDC)

MREDC, a one-stop-shop for the 21st century agricultural/natural resource entrepreneur, provides successful rural business innovation strategies for your farm business plan, and your production and management techniques. 

The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation

The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.  The Foundation purchases agricultural preservation easements that forever restrict development on prime farmland and woodland. 

MARBIDCO (Maryland Agriculture and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation)

MARBIDCO works with rural farmers, foresters, and seafood businesses to provide capital and credit for purchasing land and other resources.

Maryland Department of Assessments &Taxes

The Office of the Secretary of State

Links to the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and the Maryland Register.


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.