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PHOTOS: Ulman Tries Farming for a Day

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman started work Tuesday on Clark's Elioak Farm.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman got his hands dirty Tuesday morning, as he tended to livestock and crops at Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City.

Ulman used the annual Farm-City Celebration to announce a new grant created to help farmers diversify agricultural businesses within the county.

The Howard County Agricultural Development Grant will match funds between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified farming operations to promote research, development, processing and marketing within Howard County.

"This program allows the County to promote agricultural innovation that will make our farms more prosperous and enhance our economy," Ulman said in a press release.

Ulman said the agriculture business ranks in the top five industries in the county, and the county says sales from the farms exceed $200 million annually.

"With successful applications, we hope to continue and expand this program in the future," Ulman said.

The first round of grant applicants have until January 1 to apply, and those interested can contact contact Kathy Zimmerman with Howard County Economic Development Authority at 410-313-6500.

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Howard County Executive Ken Ulman traded jobs with a local farmer on Tuesday as part of the county's Farm-City Celebration.

Ulman helped feed animals and spread cover crop at Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City, while farmer Nora Crist spent the morning learning about the day-to-day tasks of the local government in Ellicott City.

Ulman posted the above photos on his official Facebook page.

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MG42 September 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
What is the support for the $200 million in sales from farms? What specific kinds of ag products make up the bulk of that number?

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