University of Maryland Extension

Agriculture and Food Systems

Agriculture and Food Systems

Program Needs Assessments

Nutrient Management Annual Reports

Program Impact Documents and Reports

Crop Production


Farm Management

Maryland crop and livestock producers are confronted with numerous challenges that can affect their ability to produce an abundant food supply and maintain profitability.  The areas of emphasis for this program will focus on the 1.25 million acres of grain crops, 75,000 acres of vegetable and fruit crops, and 260,000 acres of forage crops and pasture acreage by improving animal and crop production efficiency and land management in the program areas of nutrient and water management, integrated pest management and issues with technology of personal protective clothing for pesticide applicators, environmentally and economically sustainable production, and grain marketing.  

Increases in: agricultural literacy in urban and rural areas to develop residents' understanding of the food system; the sustainability and profitability of agriculture, forestry, and green industries through sustainable environmental practices; agricultural profitability and sustainability through the development of alternative enterprises and value-added products; Maryland's food system to match local production with market demand; the use and affordability of locally grown, fresh food through local market promotion and community gardens; and, a decrease in the loss of agricultural land while enhancing (promoting) value of agriculture land and open space in rural and urban areas. Research programs coordinated through MAES and AES will focus on environmentally and economically sustainable food production, thus insuring food security and helping minimize hunger. 

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