Preliminary Ag Census Data Shows Maryland has Fewer but Larger farms
The USDA has released preliminary results of the Census of Agriculture showing that in Maryland we have fewer but bigger farms than we did when the last Ag Census was conducted in 2007. New numbers show that we have 578 (or 4.5%) fewer farms – for a total of 12,834 farms; but the average size has increased from 160 to 166 acres.
From an economic standpoint, the value of agricultural products sold in Maryland increased 24 percent to $2.27 billion, with an average per farm increase of 30 percent to $185,329. The latest figures also indicate that the rate of farmland loss is slowing in Maryland. There was a 1.0 percent (21,011 acre) loss in 2012 compared to a 1.3 percent (25,874 acre) loss in 2007 and 5.5 percent (115,433 acre) loss in 2002.
USDA will release the full Census results with much more information, including data to the county level, in May.
Read the MDA News Release.
Celebrating Maryland & Maryland Wine!
Maryland wineries and Maryland grape growers comprise an increasingly expanding agricultural sector for ourstate. Today, there are 64 wineries licensed in Maryland that produce more than 420 different wines that are sold at more than 800 retailers and served in more than 300 restaurants, according to the Maryland Wineries Association. During FY 2013, Maryland wineries sold 344,680 gallons of wine – or 1,739,637 bottles. Annual sales were estimated at more than $26 million (with an average $15 per bottle).
There are approximately 90 varieties of grapes planted in Maryland and there is at least one vineyard in every Maryland county. The majority of grape vines are grown in Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore and Queen Anne’s counties, according to the Maryland Grape Growers Association.
Through March, the Maryland Wineries Association is conducting a Passport Experience that highlights Maryland wine and the wine trails, while encouraging residents to explore local restaurants, museums and other attractions in each region. We hope you'll take a look and consider the experience!
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