Agriculture is the number one land use for Talbot County encompassing 62% of Talbot County’s 172,227 acres. Farming is crucial to the economy of the County and to the way of life of its residents. The foundation of agriculture in Talbot County is grains and continues to rank in the top 5 counties in Maryland for Corn, Soybean and Wheat production. Whole grain agriculture dominates, small farms and alternative enterprises have increased in popularity. Some of those include greenhouses, organic, specialty vegetables and equines.
Agriculture Extension programs include:
- Information on livestock and crops
- Soil testing and recommendations
- Farm business management and marketing
- Nutrient management
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and pesticide certification
- Vegetables, lawns and more
Shannon Dill, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, coordinates the agriculture program in Talbot County. Annual workshops and/or programs are offered such as the Talbot Agronomy Program including the Corn Club and Soybean Improvement Program, a Small Farm Course, Plant Clinics, Equine Basics Course, Grain Marketing and Direct Marketing.
Certification classes are also available for Private Pesticide Applications and Nutrient Management Voucher Training.