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2016 - 17 Farm of the Year Nominations Now Open in Washington County

Hagerstown, Md. (July 27, 2016) – With an abundance of rich agricultural lands filled with products and commodities that support our community, state and nation, the Washington County Department of Business Development is pleased to open nominations for the 2016-17 Washington County Farm of the Year. 

Designed to recognize and honor the rich agricultural heritage embedded in Washington County, the Farm of the Year Award application is open to all farms located primarily in the County on five or more acres of land. Applications must be submitted by August 19, 2016.

To qualify, entrants must:

  • Operate a farm or agricultural business or know a farm or agricultural business primarily located in Washington County, Maryland.
  • Include the principal farm operator/owner and have been in business for a minimum of five years. Farm must be on at least five acres of agriculturally zoned land.
  • Complete an application by August 19, 2016.
  • Be available for judging August 22 - 26, 2016.
  • Attend an awards ceremony in September 2016 to be recognized by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. Date to be determined. 

Judging will occur August 22-26. Criteria categories total 350 points and include:

Production

50

Conservation

50

Proficiency in agriculture production  

25

 

Community involvement

50

 

Farm visit

25

Dedication to agriculture

50

 

Planning for the next generation

25

Application submission

25

Innovation

25

Judges discretion points           

25

 The DBD Agricultural Business Development office will recognize one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies the heritage of farming in Washington County in September 2016, at the Agricultural Education Center. 

This award, in part, showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. For more information or to obtain an application, please visit http://hagerstownedc.org/agbusinessdevelopment or contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at: 

Washington County Department of Business Development

            100 W. Washington Street, Suite 1401

            Hagerstown, MD 21740

            Office:  240-313-2284

            Cell:  301-573-7039

            lhart@washco-md.net

About the Washington County Department of Business Development,

Agricultural Business Development  

Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing and managing economic development strategies and implementing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit www.hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing for more information.

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