A point-based approach used by the Rural Legacy Program in Frederick County for rating the relative importance of agricultural land based upon specific measurable features.
The USDA Census of Agriculture provides a wealth of data on what, where and how much land is farmed across the country. This invaluable information can help inform and guide agriculture planning and allow researchers, farmers and consumers to see trends from past to present. This report will examine crop, acreage, and animal data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture and translate them into estimates of how many pounds of food is produced per crop and livestock animal in the state of Maryland. It also explores how much food is consumed by Marylanders using estimates of food availability.
The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference discuss how public farmland protection programs help farmers gain access to land. Find out about some cutting edge programs including the Delaware Young Farmers Farmland Purchase and Preservation Loan Program, Maryland's Critical Farms Program, Equity Trust''s Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program, and Massachusetts' Option to Purchase at Ag Value.
The Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation’s (MARBIDCO) Maryland Urban Agriculture Commercial Lending Incentive Grant (“MUACLIG”) Program, offered with the financial support of Farm Credit, is designed to meet the financing needs of beginning urban farmers by providing an incentive for them to seek commercial lender financing for the development of their agricultural enterprises.
The Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation("MARBIDCO") is currently working with county governments to utilize Next Generation “Aggie Bonds” (taxable or tax exempt private activity bonds that help first-time farmers purchase farmland) to assist these counties with their critical farms and rural land preservation programs.
This law directs the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation to establish a Critical Farms Program to provide interim or emergency financing for the acquisition of agricultural preservation easements on critical farms that would otherwise be sold for nonagricultural uses.
Administered by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), Maryland FarmLINK is designed to help new and established farmers. Its Property Exchange offers listing of farmland available for lease or purchase. FarmLINK also offers workshops, news and information for farmers and helps establish mentoring relationships between beginning and experienced farmers.
The Maryland Food System Map Project looks at the local food system geographically. Use the interactive online map to create your own customized state, county, city or neighborhood maps with the food system information of interest to you. Or, download the pre-prepared analyses and data sets as well as data sets for your own research and analysis.
Maryland’s Eastern shore encompasses the northwest sector of the Delmarva Peninsula. Comprised of portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, the Delmarva is generally considered the largest contiguous block of farmland between Virginia and Maine. Historically, agriculture, forestry and fisheries have been the foundation of the economy of its six Upper Shore counties, which include Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester.
In February 2005, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr., asked Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley to advance Maryland’s agriculture through the development of comprehensive policy recommendations. Secretary Riley delegated the Governor’s request to his advisory board, the Maryland Agricultural Commission, which is comprised of 28 members representing a range of agricultural interests. The Commission appointed an Advisory Committee to guide the strategic planning process, the report, and recommendations for next steps.
States define agricultural activities differently among themselves and can even have multiple definitions in separate sections of their own legal codes for terms such as "farming" and "agriculture." This Maryland statute defines the term "agricultural operation" under the state right-to-farm law.
The mission of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is to build a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable food system for the region. They organize, support, and mobilize a 12-state network of organizations and individuals to ensure the strategic impact of a collective voice as they take action toward common goals. Their work strengthens and coordinates the work of hundreds of other organizations by building synergy among them and aligning resources to achieve systemic change at all levels.
The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. brings together diverse interests from the agricultural, forestry, and environmental communities for the purpose of retaining Maryland’s working landscapes and the industries they support while protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
The Center works toward achieving its diverse mission through a three-pronged approach of scientific research, policy analysis, and outreach and education efforts.
The purposes of the Maryland Community Legacy Program are to:
(1) preserve existing communities as desirable places to live and conduct business to reduce outward pressure for sprawl development; and
(2) provide financial assistance to sponsors or their designees to develop sustainable community plans or community legacy projects.
Establishes the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. Establishes Powers and Duties for the Sustainable Growth Commission.
Establishes Maryland's Office of Smart Growth. Provides powers and duties for the Office of Smart Growth.
Promotes the sale of farm products grown in the State to Maryland schools in consultation with the State Department of Education and encourages farmers to sell their farm products to Maryland schools.
A model easement used by the Howard County, Maryland purchase of agricultural conservation easement program. This easement is specific to Howard County's installment purchase agreement payment structure.
A model easement used by the Howard County, Maryland purchase of agricultural conservation easement program.
Application form for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation's purchase of agricultural easements program.
Desiring a higher quality of life, citizens and policy makers in communities across Maryland are adopting Smart Growth principles in their local development and landuse decisions. People are beginning to realize that the things most valued – health, environment, economic wellbeing, and education -- are all affected by development decisions. This report includes some examples of how Smart Growth ideals are shaping Maryland’s rural, suburban and urban landscapes.
This article evaluates the adoption, implementation, and performance of Priority Funding Areas in Maryland in order to provide planners and policymakers with insights into their efficacy as instruments for managing growth.
Despite the widespread adoption of smart growth principles, there has been little systematic assessment of their effectiveness or consequences. To fill this need, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy collaborated with 14 of the country’s leading public policy researchers and planners to measure performance in four states with statewide smart growth programs (Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Oregon) and performance in four states without such programs (Colorado, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia).
A model easement used by the Maryland Rural Legacy purchase of agricultural conservation easement program.
Application form for the Howard County, Maryland purchase of agricultural easement program.