Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Current News, Events, and Press Releases

MidAtlantic Farm Credit Announces Young, Beginning, and/or Small Farmer Webinar Resource Series 
MidAtlantic Farm Credit recently announced a three-part webinar resource series from August 24-26, 2021 for young, beginning, and/or small (YBS) farmers.
USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses 
Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 20 through Sept. 17, 2021.
High-Priority Agricultural Conservation Practices Now Available for 100% Cost-Share Grants 
Over 20 high-priority agricultural conservation practices are now eligible for cost-share funding of up to 100% through the MD Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program.
Maryland Value Added Producer Grants for Capital Equipment Now Available From MARBIDCO 
Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor, & have been in business 2+ years.
Cove Pastures Flowers and Cider on Country Gardens Tour
Cove Pastures, one of the featured gardens, is a four-acre flower farm owned by Trish and Chester Yoder. The farm includes Petal Branch, a floral and event design business, and Branch Bender Cidery.
Three Sisters Farm on Country Gardens Tour
“Three Sisters Farm,” one of the featured farm gardens, is a 30-acre diversified farm established by Stacy and Rodney Carr in 2016. The name represents the three Carr daughters (the “three sisters”).
USDA Launches 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey 
The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, the well-being of farm households, farm finances, chemical usage, and various farm production characteristics.
MD Department of Agriculture Seeks Applicants for Farming for Healthy Soils Program
Participating farmers will receive free technical assistance and financial incentives to help install soil health practices, such as conservation tillage and prescribed grazing.
MD Farm Bureau Sets Date for Western MD Trucking Forum
All Maryland Farm Bureau members, farmers, and truck drivers are invited to attend the Western Maryland Trucking Forum on May 27th to discuss issues facing farmers on rural roads and state highways.
Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is making an additional $35 million available this year in the VAPG program to support agricultural producers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friendsville Named a Tree City USA Community
Friendsville was recently named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its “commitment to effective urban forest management."
Spring Farmers Markets to Begin April 3rd in Oakland
The spring markets will be outdoors at the Mountain Fresh pavilion in downtown Oakland, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dates are April 3, April 17, May 8, May 15 and May 22.
Food Conference Addresses 'Pandemic World'
The Western MD Food Council's 3-day conference kicks off on March 25th. The conference is open to anyone interested in issues related to the Western Maryland food system,
$10 Million in Conservation Assistance Now Available for Maryland Farmers
The funding is available to help livestock farmers install best management practices on their farms to improve manure management and protect water quality in streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Accessing South Atlantic Markets for US Maple Syrup
Future Generations University, in partnership with Garrett County Economic Development and others, was awarded a grant for the Accessing South Atlantic Markets for US Maple Syrup project.