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2019-2020 Farm of the Year Nominations Now Open in Washington County

August 6, 2019

HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 6, 2019) - The Washington County Department of Business Development is pleased to open nominations for the 2019-2020 Washington County Farm of the Year. Designed to recognize and honor the rich agricultural heritage 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 20, 2019.

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 20, 2019.
  • Be available for judging September 23-30, 2019.
  • Attend an awards ceremony in October 2019 to be recognized by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. Date to be determined.
FARM OF THE YEAR APPLICATION - CLICK HERE!
Judging will occur September 23-30, 2019 . Criteria categories total 350 points and include:
Production

Conservation

Proficiency in Agriculture Production

Community Involvement

Farm Visit

Dedication to Agriculture

Planning for the Next Generation

Application Submission

Innovation

Judges Discretion Points

50

50

25

50

25

50

25

25

25

25

The Department of Business Development will recognize one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies the heritage of farming in Washington County in October 2019.

Past winners of this prestigious award include:

This award showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. For more information, please contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at:

Washington County Department of Business Development

100 W. Washington Street, Suite 1401

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Office: 240-313-2284

Cell: 301-573-7039

lhart@washco-md.net

For additional information, please contact the Washington County Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380.

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