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Nominations for Washington County Farm of the Year

July 23, 2013

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has opened nominations for the 2013 Washington County Farm of the Year.

Designed to recognize and honor the rich agricultural heritage embedded in the county, the award is open to all farms in Washington County on 5 or more acres of land.

Applications must be submitted by Aug. 9.

To qualify, entrants must:

  • Operate a farm or agricultural business or know a farm or agricultural business in the county, regardless of the size or scope.
  • Include the principal farm operator/owner and have been in business for a minimum of five years. Farm must be on at least 5 acres of agriculturally zoned land.
  • Complete an application by Aug. 9.
  • Be available for judging between Aug. 9-20
  • Attend the awards ceremony during the Rural Heritage Museum’s Annual Spud Fest on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Judging will occur Aug. 9-20.

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The EDC Agricultural Business Development office will recognize one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies the heritage of farming in in the county on Aug. 24 at the Ag Center on Sharpsburg Pike, seven miles  south of Hagerstown.

The 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, go to http://hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing or contact Leslie Hart, agricultural business development specialist, at 301-432-4782 or send an email to lhart@hagerstownedc.org.

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