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Washington County Announces 2020-2021 Farm of the Year

Washington County Announces 2020-2021 Farm of the Year

HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 13, 2020) – The Washington County Department of Business Development is pleased to announce Stone Wall Angus Farm as recipient of the 2020-2021 Washington County Farm of the Year. This marks the tenth year Washington County has recognized a Farm of the Year. The winning farm showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. Production, conservation, preservation, community involvement, and dedication to farming and agriculture is the gold standard for this award.
Stone Wall Angus Farm, located in Fairplay Maryland is a 50 acre farm dedicated to producing registered Angus cattle. Additional acres are leased to provide food for the cattle. This veteran owned farm has been operating since 1987 and is owned by Jim and Ellen Matheny. The farm is worked by their daughter Stephanie, grandchildren Garrett, Laurel and Joey Siler. Stone Wall Angus raises top quality affordable beef that can be purchased at their farm store. Agriculture is the root of the American way of life; it is pure and simple. This exemplifies Jim Matheny. ‘Farmer Jim’ is dedicated to giving back to his community and state as well.
Jim Mathney’s daughter, Stephanie Hudson said,  “through perseverance and sacrifice, Jim has watched his dream become a reality. Farming is his passion, woven into the fabric of his soul, a true love.”
Washington County Business Agricultural Specialist, Leslie Hart, said, “it’s always and honor for me to present the Farm of the Year. Stone Wall Angus Farm is an exemplary example of a working farm producing top quality beef. The cattle on the farm eat what is produced on the farm. High attention to quality of forages and feeds and the health of the animals is first and foremost. The Matheny Family has made it easy to get their beef with their on farm store.”
For additional information, please contact Washington County’s Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380.
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