Know of a great Washington County farm? Nominate it for Farm of the Year

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Nominations are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Washington County Farm of the Year.

The Washington County Department of Business Development will recognize one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies the heritage of farming in Washington County in October 2020

The Farm of the Year Award application is open to all farms located primarily in the county on five or more acres of agriculturally-zoned land. 

This award, in part, showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers.

To qualify, entrants must operate a farm or agricultural business or know a farm or agricultural business primarily located in Washington County, Maryland, and include the principal farm operator/owner and have been in business for a minimum of five years.

Judging will take place Sept. 25-29. Criteria categories total 350 points and include: conservation; community involvement; dedication to agriculture; production; proficiency in agriculture production; farm visit; planning for the next generation; innovation; application submission; and judges discretion points.

Applications and more information may be found at www.washco-md.net/business-development/ and must be submitted by Sept. 18.

For additional information, contact Agricultural Business Specialist Leslie Hart, at 301-573-7039 or lhart@washco-md.net.