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2020-2021 Farm of the Year Nominations Now Open in Washington County

2020-2021 Farm of the Year Nominations Now Open in Washington County

HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 29, 2020) – With an abundance of rich agricultural lands filled with products and commodities that support our community, state and nation, the Washington County Department of Business Development is pleased to announce nominations for the 2020-2021 Washington County Farm of the Year is now open.
Designed to recognize and honor the rich agricultural heritage embedded in Washington County, the Farm of the Year Award application is open to all farms located primarily in the County on five or more acres of land. Applications must be submitted by September 18, 2020.
To qualify, entrants must:
  • Operate a farm or agricultural business or know a farm or agricultural business primarily located in Washington County, Maryland.
  • Include the principal farm operator/owner and have been in business for a minimum of five years. Farm must be on at least five acres of agriculturally zoned land.
  • Complete and submit an application by September 18, 2020.
  • Be available for judging September 21-30, 2020
  • Attend an awards ceremony in October 2020 to be recognized by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. Date to be determined.
Judging will occur September 25-29. Criteria categories total 350 points and include:
50 points
50 points
50 points
50 points
25 points
25 points
25 points
25 points
25 points
25 points
Conservation
Community Involvement
Dedication to agriculture
Production
Proficiency in agriculture production
Farm visit
Planning for the next generation
Innovation
Application submission
Judges discretion points
The Washington County Department of Business Development will recognize one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies the heritage of farming in Washington County in October 2020.
This award, in part, showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. For more information visit https://www.washco-md.net/business-development/ or to obtain an application please click on the button below.
For additional information, please contact Agricultural Business Specialist Leslie Hart, at 301-573-7039 or lhart@washco-md.net.
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