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 County Agricultural and Land Use Information

​Communities across the nation and around the world are experiencing growth in rural areas, meaning that many formerly urban and suburban residents are living closer to our working farms. Both farmers and non-farm residents need to learn about the others’ needs and expectations to enjoy the pleasures of rural living. Farmers face the challenge of remaining competitive in an increasingly tough economic environment. Farmers and non-farm residents alike value a healthy environment. The State, along with almost every county, has a farmland preservation program in place and a strong commitment to it, yet increasingly farmers must balance the concerns of neighbors with necessities of agricultural production. Less available open space increases pressure for development of farmland; fewer farms leads to fewer employment opportunities and reduced economic activity.

These rapid changes create new challenges for all of us - especially our local governments - to shape the Maryland we will live in and will leave to our children. We are confident that we have the capability in Maryland to develop creative and effective solutions by coming together to address these issues collectively. We believe it is important to join forces, seeking input from those most knowledgeable and most closely involved.

The information available here was provided by local, state, and federal governments and other organizations and complied by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) in 2005. It is MDA's intent to be proactive in helping local Maryland communities deal with these issues. On the following pages, you will find county-specific information to help you make informed decisions as you face these challenges. Wherever possible, we have provided links to the information sources, and recommend that you contact the particular source for additional details.

County planning directors can be found at http://www.mdp.state.md.us/localplan/counties.html

County health directors can be found at http://www.cha.state.md.us/html/local2.htm#aa

This information is considered public and may be distributed or copied; appropriate credit is requested. While MDA makes every effort to provide current and complete information, you may want to verify particular information with the specific county or other source. Email additions or corrections to webmaster@mda.state.md.us. Some of the documents contain live links to information created and maintained by other organizations. These sources are provided as a service; MDA does not control and cannot guarantee the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of these outside materials. MDA provides no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of furnished data, but provides this information as a public service.

Allegany
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Right to Farm Regulations - Scroll down to Agricultural Operation.

Anne Arundel
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Right to Farm Regulations - In the process of adopting resolution which passed the County in 2002 and bill authorizing the adoption of an ordinance passed the General Assembly in 2004.

Baltimore
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Right to Farm Regulations - Find nuisance protection in Zoning Code under Article 1A - Resource Conservation Zones including RC4, RC7, and RC8 zones. Requirement of notice to landowners within RC4 zone is found in County Code at § 35-3-303.

Calvert
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Right to Farm Regulations - Chapter 99 of Code.

Caroline
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Right to Farm Regulations - Click on Table of Contents at the top of the Page. Part III General Government, Chapter 149 of Code.

Carroll
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Right to Farm Regulations - Go to Browse on the left side of the page. Title 3 County Commissioners, Subtitle 1 General Provisions, Section 3-113.

Cecil
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Right to Farm Regulations - Click on Zoning Chapter link, RTF should be at bottom of the page.

Charles
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Right to Farm Regulations - Chapter 235 - Farming.

Dorchester
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Right to Farm Regulations - Use the search engine and type in 'right to farm'; link to Chap 127 will appear.

Frederick
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Right to Farm Regulations

Garrett
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Right to Farm Regulations

Harford
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Right to Farm Regulations - Chap. 267 Zoning Article - § 267-34 and § 267-84.

Howard
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Right to Farm Regulations - Go to Health Article - Section 12.111. Nuisance suits against agricultural operations.

Kent
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Right to Farm Regulations

Montgomery
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Right to Farm Regulations - County Code § 2B-11 (Ag Preservation Area uses) and Noise protection for agricultural field machinery at § 31B-10.

Prince George's
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Right to Farm Regulations - Scroll down to Agriculture heading.

Queen Anne's
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Right to Farm Regulations - Search 'right to farm' and click on Chap. 19 Nuisances - Right to Farm link.

St. Mary's
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Right to Farm Regulations

Somerset
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Right to Farm Regulations

Talbot
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Right to Farm Regulations - Search 'right to farm' and click on Chap. 19 Nuisances - Right to Farm. Scroll down to Part 2 - Right to Farm.

Washington
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Right to Farm Regulations

Wicomico
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Right to Farm Regulations - Chapter 186 - Right to Farm.

Worcester
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Right to Farm Regulations - Provision can be found in ZS 1-201 A-1 Agricultural District.