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Catoctin & Frederick Soil Conservation

The soil conservation and water quality efforts in the county are channeled through the Soil Conservation District (SCD). The SCD works closely with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service to install conservation practices and write conservation plans. The SCD also promotes environmental conservation to the public. Frederick County has two District Boards (Frederick & Catoctin), which are made up of farmers from the county.

Frederick County Government

  • Frederick County Office of Economic Development - The Office of Economic Development works to increase the overall economic health of Frederick County by attracting new businesses and help existing businesses be more successful. Since agriculture is one of the key industries in the county, the Office of Economic Development assists farmers with promoting agriculture and walking through regulations for items such as zoning and value-added products. Homegrown Frederick, a website and annual magazine that promotes local farms, is published by the Office of Economic Development.
  • Frederick County Agricultural Land Preservation Program - The Agricultural Land Preservation office administers a variety of local, state, and federal land preservation programs focused on protecting agricultural lands. These preservation programs provide many opportunities to the farmers of Frederick County to protect the future of their farmlands and promote natural resource industries.
  • Frederick County Weed Control - 301-600-1586 Frederick County Weed Control operates through a joint partnership between the county government and the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Weed Control enforces the State Weed Control Law which regulates johnsongrass, shattercane, and thistles. They also provide technical assistance to landowners for initiating noxious weed control programs.
  • Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Frederick County Office - The Environmental Health Services Division of the MDH oversees regulations dealing with wells, septic systems, food service facilities, farmers markets, cottage food businesses, and value-added products.

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

Future Harvest CASA provides education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities. Future Harvest CASA offers field days, meetings, conferences, as well as a Beginning Farmer Training Program.

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Hay and Straw for Sale

 

Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)

MARBICO is a quasi-public economic development organization that helps Maryland’s farm, forestry, and seafood businesses achieve sustainability and profitability. They offer loan and grant programs for farmers and rural business owners, land preservation programs, partnerships with commercial lenders, and business resources and planning tools for rural entrepreneurs. 

 

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  • Forestry Division - The Forestry Division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources can assist landowners with the establishment, management, and harvesting of trees on their property.
  • Wildlife Division - The Wildlife Division of DNR manages the wildlife in the state. They handle complaints dealing with wildlife damage to crops and issue control permits and work with landowners to develop wildlife management plans.

Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)
  2020 Legal Services Directory

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Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative. They offer farm, home, and land loans, as well as crop insurance. Farm Credit also has a Beginning Farmer Program and an AgBiz Masters Program for young and beginning farmers.

U.S. Deparment of Agriculture

  • Farm Service Agency - The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FSA handles the government cost-share and price support programs, as well as low-interest loans. Disaster programs for drought, freeze, and hail are also handled by FSA. 
  • Grants and Loans
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for installing farm practices that reduce soil erosion and benefit water quality. These practices include grass waterways, diversions, crop strips, ponds, watering troughs, manure pits, cover crops, stream buffers, and many more. NRCS also writes conservation plans, which are plans for the implementation of conservation practices on the farm.
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