University of Maryland Extension


Harford County has a diverse agricultural industry that encompasses almost everything from field crops and vegetables to dairy, poultry, nursery and greenhouse, vineyards and orchards, aquaculture, horses, cattle, and goats. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Harford County has 582 farms on 65,472 acres, or approximately 20% of the County’s land area. Market value of all agriculture-related products sold in Harford County exceeded $46 million, with $31 million generated from crop sales and $15 million from livestock and animal-related sales.

If you are a farmer, thinking about starting a farm enterprise, or just seeking more information about agriculture, the Extension Office can help. We provide educational resources, conduct trainings and workshops, provide technical assistance in the field, and answer questions to help farmers in our community. Extension agriculture educator, Andrew Kness, coordinates the agriculture program in Harford County. Please contact Andrew for any questions, comments, or programming ideas you may have that are related to agriculture. Stop by the office, call (410) 638-3255, or e-mail today!


Agriculture faculty and staff in the Harford County office specialize in:

  • Agronomy
  • Plant pathology
  • Soil
  • Horticulture
  • Nutrient management
  • Pesticide training and safety
  • Forages, grazing systems, and pasture management
  • Business planning and risk management for farm enterprises

Our office faculty and staff have quick and direct access to University of Maryland specialists who can help with questions about agronomic crops, vegetable and fruit crops, greenhouse and nursey crops, dairy, livestock, poultry, and land, forest, and wildlife management. Special yearly programming includes: private applicator pesticide certification, nutrient management voucher training, and the Mid-Winter Educational Agronomy Meeting.


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