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Department of Economic Development - Agricultural Services


 

Current and Upcoming Events

High Tunnel Workshop

Date: April 29, 2014

Location: The Agricultural History Farm Park

18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD  20855

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Click Here to Register


 

Attention High School Seniors- Scholarship Opportunity:

The Montgomery County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for the

2014 MONTGOMERY COUNTY FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Administered by the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Inc.

 

The Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Inc. is a private, non-profit membership organization with a membership of over 3,000 family members.

The Montgomery Farm Bureau scholarship program was developed to assist Montgomery County students pursuing higher education by offering:

two (2) $3,000.00

six (6) $2,000.00

and two (2) $1,000.00

scholarships to Montgomery County residents majoring in an agricultural field at a vocational,  two-year, or four-year institution.

Montgomery County Farm Bureau Member families are also eligible for these scholarships in any field of study.

The application must be received by May 5, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the results by mail.

2014 MONTGOMERY COUNTY FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility Requirements and Application (PDF Document)


Montgomery Food Council

"Meet Your Producer"

Date: May 7, 2014

Location: The Agricultural History Farm Park

18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD  20855

6:00 PM to 9 PM

For more Information Please Contact Jessica Weiss at the Montgomery Food Council

 


 

Check out Montgomery County's year-round Farmers' Markets here!

Check local farms and farm markets for seasonal produce, trees, gifts, and more!

View our Farm Directory here!


Are you interested in developing a farm business plan, exploring alternative uses for your farmland, finding information on growing different products, or processing your products on your farm? Visit the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center's website for information and upcoming seminars.

From My Backyard to Our Bay

Now available online!

(click above)

A Howard and Montgomery County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Our Drinking Water...(read more)


Participate in the Buy Local Challenge this year and support our local farmers!


Sign up for email announcements on Agricultural News and Information or the Annual Farm Tour

(follow the link, above, to create an account and check applicable boxes under "Economic Development")

Topics of Interest:

Attention Fruit and Vegetable Producers! Are you looking for a wholesale buyer for your produce? Download our list of Regional Wholesale Produce Buyers (92 kb/PDF).

Looking for a reliable source of fresh, local fruits and vegetables for the next growing season? Join one of Montgomery County's Community-Supported Agricultural Operations (CSAs). Hurry, subscriptions are limited and fill up fast!

Deer Management - Find out how the Division is supporting County deer management efforts.

Farmland Preservation - Learn how to preserve your farm for future generations.

Publications - Download fact sheets, pamphlets, the Montgomery County Horse Study, and the Montgomery County Farm Directory. 


The Agricultural Services Division was created to support and promote the viability of the agricultural industry in Montgomery County. Agricultural activities occupy about one-third of Montgomery County's land area and the County's diverse agricultural industry - 561 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises - produces more than $243 million in economic contribution and employs more than 10,000 residents.  

 

 

The Agricultural Services Division works to increase the public's awareness of the value and economic impact of agriculture. In order to preserve working farmland, the Division works closely with farmers in the County's Agricultural Reserve. More than half of the County's 93,000 acres of viable farmland is now preserved through transfer of development rights or easement purchase intiatives. Two years before its 2010 goal, the County achieved its farmland preservation goal to protect 70,000 acres of farmland.

 

The majority of Montgomery County farms are family-run operations, many reaching back several generations, and these farms are state-of-the-art agricultural operations, contributing to the County's incredibly strong economy. Preserving farmland as a resource ensures that Montgomery County will have agricultural production capabilities in the future.


Contact us by phone or email


The Division cooperates with the following departments, agencies and nonprofit organizations:

Government:

Montgomery Soil Conservation District

Maryland Cooperative Extension in Montgomery County

The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission   

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Farm Service Agency

NRCS

National Capital Farms

Nonprofit:

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

 

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
Agricultural Services Division
18410 Muncaster Road · Derwood, Md 20855
Phone: 301-590-2823 · Fax: 301-590-2839