AGRICULTURE


Agriculture remains the largest single land use in Maryland, with roughly 34% of total land area used for farming. In 1996, some 13,700 farms averaged 153 acres each. Gross farm income for Maryland totaled $1.19 billion in 1996.

The Department of Agriculture is responsible for marketing, animal industries, and consumer services; plant industries and pest management; and resource conservation. The Agricultural Statistics Service, a State Statistical Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, United States Department of Agriculture, collects, summarizes, and publishes data relating to the production and marketing of agricultural products, agriculture prices and income, and other statistics pertinent to agriculture and agribusiness.

FARM PRODUCTS, 1996
Poultry $525,297,000
Greenhouse/Nursery $230,409,000
Dairy Products/Wholesale Milk $199,971,000
Oil Crops (primarily soybeans) $ 93,742,000
Meat Animals $ 57,929,000
Feed Crops (barley, corn, hay, oats) $ 129,476,000
Vegetables $ 75,966,000
Miscellaneous Livestock & Products $ 55,085,000
Eggs $ 62,221,000
Food Grains (rye, wheat) $ 52,977,000
Forest Products $ 30,280,000
Tobacco $ 19,202,000
Other Seed & Field Crops $ 17,588,000
Fruits/Nuts $ 12,446,000
Mushrooms $ 1,617,000

Maryland at a Glance


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