University of Maryland Extension

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First Steps to Farming

The First Steps to Farming section of this website is to help you get started with your farming enterprise, help you think through steps you may have missed, or simply assure you that you are on your way to a smooth beginning! Explore any of the topics below (also located in the navigation to the...

Crops

Fruit Grain High Tunnel and Season Extension Pastures and Forages Vegetables Pastures and Forages Image: "Tall Fescue" John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org

Pastures and Forages

Forages, when well-managed, are an important sustainable feed source for any livestock farm. In general, forages are the plants eaten by farm animals and include pasture crops (harvested by grazing) and hay crops (harvested by equipment and stored for later use). Forages are especially important...

On-Farm Food Processing

On-Farm Processing and Starting a Specialty Food Business in Maryland Brought to you by the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center, a University of Maryland Extension Program: Direct marketing and value-added processing of your raw farm products are two of the best management strategies for...

Grain Production

Introduction Grain production in Maryland is very important to the economy. On average Maryland farmers plant approximately 500,000 acres of corn, 470,000 acres of soybeans, and 260,000 acres of small grains. In the past two years some farmers have converted hay and pasture land to grain production...

Fruit

The research has been done for you. Below is a list of the best beginning fruit producer resources from around the state and beyond. Grapes University of Maryland Extension This webpage is designed for the commercial grape producer but is also appropriate for the beginner. Topics include starting a...

Explore

Getting Started Are you a “new farmer?" While this seems like a simple question, the definition of “new farmer” differs among agricultural support agencies and programs. This project is using the United States Department of Agriculture’s definition of “new farmer’ which is anyone who has farmed for...

Licenses, Permits and Certifications

Understanding Licenses, Permits and Certifications As with any business, your farm operation is subject to several laws and regulations. Farm operations also receive several exceptions or special provision regarding taxes, land operations and the like. This page provides a short listing of the...

Business Planning

Farm Business Planning Workbook and Supplemental Materials Farm Business Planning Workbook : This is the workbook with forms, descriptions, instructions and a place to record information. Farm Business Planning Workbook - Word Edition : Take a short survey (6 questions) and download Farm Business...

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