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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.

Howard County Agricultural Innovation Grant

Howard County has a grant funding opportunity to encourage Howard County’s agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations. Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood process, or primary or secondary timber products processor.

Applicants can receive grants from $1,000.00 up to $10,000.00 for research and development, production buildings, major fixtures, processing facilities, etc. The applicant must provide funds and/or materials of an invested value to the grant received. Grant applications will be accepted throughout the year, but are subject to funding availability.

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State Loans & Grants 


Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) offers grants and loans to farmers, seafood producers and foresters for equipment, land and value-added products. The site also offers a list of local, regional, national and farming and forestry resources.


Regional Loans/Grants

Northeast SARE

The Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grants includes information on "Farmer Grants." This page has an overview of the grant, the application process, awarded grant policies, examples of recent grant winners and other helpful resources including how to write and apply for a grant. 

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lender in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia that provides farm and home loans and crop insurance.


Federal Loans & Grants


Grants and loans offered by the USDA include farm loans, housing assistance, crop and livestock insurance, federal state marketing improvement programs, farmers market promotion programs, an organic cost share program, among others geared toward farmers.

USDA's Farm Service Agency

The Farm Service Agency administers farm commodity, crop insurance, credit, environmental, conservation and emergency assistance programs for farmers and ranchers.


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.