Agriculture and natural resources are crucial to Maryland’s economy, environment and way of life of its residents. From the food we eat, to the flowers and plants in our homes, the landscaping of our yards, valuable real estate, beautiful coastal waters and fine recreation opportunities to take in Worcester County's beautiful scenery.
Over two million acres are farmed in Maryland by a variety of crops, livestock and industries. Commodities such as corn grain, soybeans and wheat feed poultry and livestock. Vegetable and fruit crops are grown in the local season for wholesale, retail and farmers markets. The nursery and greenhouse industry supplies residents, businesses and urban areas with plants, shrubs and trees.ational hunting all relate to the state’s agricultural land use.
The University of Maryland Extension is a source of research based agriculture technical information and is provided through various fact sheets, workshops, field days, one on one consultations and educational seminars. Major educational programs focus on commercial vegetable, fruit and field crop production; nursery and greenhouse production; nutrient management; integrated pest management; safety training for pesticide license certification; risk management; pasture and livestock management.
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Stretching from Delaware to Virginia, Worcester County is the eastern most and only Atlantic coastal county in Maryland. The diverse ecology, fertile soils, abundant timber, along with easy access to water has supported many sectors of agriculture since colonial times. The county covers approximately 303,920 land acres. Seventy one percent (71.8%) of the land in Worcester County is currently zoned for agriculture. Approximately 374 farm businesses encompass 99,304 acres of farmland with the average farm size of 266 acres.
Historically, tobacco was the mainstay production for agriculture in the county. Over time, soils in the county proved to be more productive for grain crops and livestock grazing. During the early parts of the 1900’s, beef cattle and hogs were the primary livestock raised. Today, Worcester County ranks as #2 county in the state for broiler production while grain crops (corn, soybeans and wheat) continue to be a mainstay. Every year in the month of August, the harvest season beginnings with our Annual Blessing of the Combines event held in Snow Hill, MD.
If you have questions about agriculture on the Lower Eastern Shore, contact our local agriculture staff: