Harford County Agriculture and Nutrient Management

Hello, Harford County!

Whether 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.

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

Agronomy Soil Horticulture
Plant Pathology Nutrient Management Pesticide Training
Forages Grazing Systems Pasture Management

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,
  • Equine seminars,
  • Pasture walks, and a
  • Mid-Winter Agronomy Meeting. 

Extension agriculture educator, Andrew Kness, coordinates the agriculture program in Harford County. Please contact him for any questions, comments, or programming ideas you may have that are related to agriculture. Call (410) 638-3255 or e-mail akness@umd.edu.

Nutrient Management

The University of Maryland Extension's Agricultural Nutrient Management program provides no-cost nutrient management plans, minus the cost of analyses, to Maryland farmers. 

Nutrient Management Advisors work with Maryland producers to develop nutrient management plans that balance nutrient application rates with crop nutrient requirements, with the ultimate goal of protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay by reducing excessive nutrient applications from entering Maryland's waterways.  The Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998 requires all Maryland producers who make or exceed $2,500 gross annual income or who have 8 or more animal units (1 animal unit = 1,000 pounds live weight) to obtain and implement a nutrient management plan.

Harford County's Nutrient Management Advisor is Patricia Hoopes.  Tricia can also provide assistance with pre-sidedress nitrate tests (PSNT) for corn and equipment calibration.

For more information on the Nutrient Management Program, please contact her at phoopes@umd.edu.


Soil Testing

Although the University of Maryland Soil Testing Lab has closed, there are many other labs available that conduct soil analysis. For more information, see our Comparison of Soil Test Labs bulletin. This comparison provides MD producers who must obtain a nutrient management plan a list of approved labs that can be used for their nutrient management plan development.  Please note that specific sampling procedures need to be followed. Producers required to obtain a nutrient management plan for their operation should follow these sampling procedures, rather than the lab's sampling instructions.