Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Current News, Events, and Press Releases

Changes to Nutrient Management Program Announced
As of August 31, 2023, the Garrett County Extension Office's Nutrient Management Advisor, Jill Hauser, will no longer be writing nutrient management plans for client on behalf of UMD.
Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and Team Visits Garrett Farmers
Maryland Secretary of Agriculture, Kevin Atticks, visited Garrett County last week to show support for local farmers and to help showcase the crucial role of agriculture in the county and state econom
Addressing Farmer Stress Webinar Series
Increase your knowledge about the impact mental health, effective communication techniques, building resilience within your community, and stress and stigma have on producers and their families.
Farm and Food Workers Relief Program
Farm workers and meat packers may be eligible to claim a $600 payment for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maryland Value-Added Producer Matching Grants Now Available From MARBIDCO
This grant opportunity is in conjunction with the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Grant funds must be used for planning or working capital purposes in line with USDA regulations.
Drinking Well Water Educational Programming for Maryland Farms Survey
Responses to the survey will assist Extension Educators in developing educational programming to assist farmers in ensuring safe, good-quality drinking water.
Beginner Farmer Workshop
This workshop series will begin March 16, 2023, and focus on soil and crop fertility, pest management, production practices, equipment, farm resources, and economics.
Mountain Maryland Hemp Alliance to Host Hemp Fiber Field Day
The purpose of the event is to provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts, and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of Industrial Hemp in Garrett County.
Ag Producers Encouraged to Sign Up To Be Counted In The 2022 Census of Agriculture
Agriculture producers who did not receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture & do not receive other USDA surveys or censuses have until June 30, 2022 to sign up to receive the 2022 Census of Agriculture.
Western Maryland Farm Trucking Forum Set for May 10th
Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland State Police, Maryland Vehicle Administration, and Nationwide will be on hand to present and answer questions.
Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Application Deadline Approaching 
Now in its ninth year, this national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
MD Dept. of Agriculture Releases Report on Maryland's Healthy Soils Program 
The recommendations include strategies to advance adoption of on-farm soil health practices that increase carbon sequestration and increase on-farm profitability.
Maryland Value-Added Producer Matching Grants Now Available from MARBIDCO 
MARBIDCO's a grant funding opportunity encourages Maryland's agricultural producers to engage in value-added activities and pursue financial support USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Program.
Three Sisters Farm is Diversified Family Business
Farm products are available at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market and at several retail stores in the area. Products will also be available at their new farm store this summer.
Solar Workshop Series Hits the Road in Maryland
Are you interested in using solar electricity to power your home, farm or business? If so, you'll want to join a session of the upcoming Solar Workshop series offered through the MD Extension Office.