Talbot County records a total of 119,481 acres for use in the 279 square miles within its jurisdiction. Talbot County views opportunities to expand marketing efforts with regional brands that identify our agricultural products with our region with an emphasis on quality, freshness and food safety. Diversifying agricultural grain products with alternative crops for bio-fuel and energy production impacts the commodities markets and the price structure for corn and soybeans.
The Market Value of agricultural production in Talbot County contributed $89.5 million to the local economy in 2012 with $61 million in grain production.
Operating Farms: 328
Average Farm: 364 acres
Total Agricultural Parcels: 2,150
The Talbot County Council adopted an Agriculture Visioning Plan to preserve agricultural land and to support agriculturally based industries. To retain Talbot County farms, the land must be used for agriculture production. The Plan addresses the sustainable requirements of Talbot County's agricultural base, including large grain farms, poultry and mid-size farm operations, small value-added farms and resource-based agriculture. Sustaining a working landscape of grain and specialty crop farming that continues to define our quality of life and serve as an asset to the community is the mission of the Agriculture Visioning Plan.
We invite agribusinesses to post on Eastern Shore Harvest Directory's mobile app and website (www.harvestdirectory.org) to attract visitors to your locations in Talbot County. Sponsored through Upper Shore Regional Council, the Talbot County Office of Economic Development and the University of Maryland Extension Office. Join the Harvest Directory for FREE here register.harvestdirectory.org
National Census of Agriculture www.nass.usda.gov
United States Department of Agriculture usda.gov
University of Maryland Extension - Talbot County extension.umd.edu/talbot-county
Talbot County Farm Bureau talbotcountyfarmbureau.com
Maryland Department of Agriculture mda.maryland.gov
Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center extension.umd.edu/mredc
Ag Marketing extension.umd.edu/agmarketing
Maryland's Best marylandsbest.net
Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation www.marbidco.org
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