Agriculture in Wicomico County

An area rich with colonial and post-revolutionary American history, agriculture has played a big role in the development of Wicomico county. 

Having been voted as one of "America's 100 Best Communities for Young Children," the county is home to the annual children's farm tour held at Beechnut Farm, a Century Farm that is the only dairy farm operating in the county. Wicomico flourishes with agriculture production - leading the state as the 2nd highest agriculture producing county at $236,321,000 annual market value. Mainstay agriculture production includes grain crops of soybeans, corn, and wheat, vegetables, greenhouse production, forage, and livestock. Wicomico County ranks #4 in the state for commercial broiler poultry and aquaculture (who knew!) as well as #3 for vegetable production. There is also a strong equine community within the county. The use of Maryland's natural resources is a must for farmers and they take great strides to maintain the health of the land by implementing best management practices so that the land will be available for future generations of farmers.

Approximately 510 farm businesses encompass 83,739 acres of farmland with the average farm size of 164 acres. 

With the abundance of many natural resources, the county has a diverse wildlife population found in various habitats - woodland, marsh, rivers, etc.  Being a common destination for both locals and outdoor enthusiasts, the Wicomico River and Nanticoke River are popular destinations for fishing and water recreation activities.  Throughout the county, there are many public lands that are available for public access to enjoy the outdoors and hunting activities.  Wicomico County is also home to both the Salisbury Zoo and the Ward Museum, located in the city of Salisbury.

Questions? Contact our Local Agriculture Faculty

Wicomico Extension Office: 410-749-6141 

Commercial Horticulture Principal Agent Associate: Virginia Rosenkranz, 301-226-7715

Agriculture Agent: Haley Sater, 301-226-7718

Agriculture Agent Associate: Maegan Perdue, 410-632-1972