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Programs & Services

Women in Ag forum provides education and community connection.

Diversifying your farming operation to allow for interaction and selling directly to the public is a very different business endeavor then a traditional farming operation. It requires new permits, licenses, insurance policies, business plans, accounting practices, and marketing techniques, but it can also be a great fit for your farm.

The HCEDA is here to help farmers diversify their farming operations. Our experienced staff can help guide you in the right direction and provide you with valuable information for making the transition much easier. We offer many different programs and services to the farming community. See a few below. 

Grants and Financing

The Agricultural Marketing Program of HCEDA will work with you to find grants and financing that will help you start or diversify your agriculture enterprise.  Grant applications can be a large undertaking, by taking time to have others review the application and business plan it could lead to greater success.  Team work is the key to any successful operation. 

Central Maryland Women in Agriculture Forum

More women own or operate farms in Maryland.  Women have not always had the resources to diversify or start an operation.  The Central Maryland Women in Agriculture Forum offers them at opportunity.  It covers business planning, grants and finances, marketing, value-added processing and new farm ideas.

Estate Planning

When planning for the next generation it is important to understand not only state legislation but federal as well.  What impacts will current legislation have on the next generation?  Is it better to start transferring ownership of the farm now or later?  These and many other questions can be answered during agriculture estate planning sessions.

Farm Business Planning

Whether you are starting a new farm, diversifying your farm operation or applying for financing or grants you will need a strong business plan.  It is always good to know what your bottom line is to be successful. 


Let us help you promote and market your agriculture enterprise.  Promoting agriculture in Howard  County is made easier with the HCEDA website, facebook, press releases and featured farms.

Grants and Financing

A resource to find out more information on State, Regional, and National loans and grants for farms.

Diversification Ideas

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your farm's production is a great way to grow your business - and meet increasing consumer demand for fresh foods.