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Washington County 2015-16 Farm of the Year Nominations Now Open

Hagerstown, Md. (August 18, 2015) – 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 open nominations for the 2015 - 2016 Washington County Farm of the Year. 

Designed to recognize and honor the rich agricultural heritage embedded in our County, the Farm of the Year Award application is open to all farms located primarily in Washington County, Maryland on five or more acres of land. Applications must be submitted by September 8, 2015.

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 an application by September 8, 2015.
  • Be available for judging September 11 - 21, 2015.
  • Attend an awards ceremony in September 2015 to be recognized by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. Date to be determined. 

Judging will occur September 11 - 21. Criteria categories total 350 points and include:





Proficiency in agriculture production  



Community involvement



Farm visit


Dedication to agriculture



Planning for the next generation


Application submission




Judges discretion points           



The DBD Agricultural Business Development office will recognize one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies the heritage of farming in Washington County in September 2015, at the Agricultural Education Center. 

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

Washington County Department of Business Development

            7313 Sharpsburg Pike

            Boonsboro, MD 21713

            Office:  301-432-4782

            Cell:  301-573-7039


About the Washington County Department of Business Development,

Agricultural Business Development  

Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing and managing economic development strategies and implementing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit for more information.


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