Produce, Frederick County Fair, Frederick, Maryland, September 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
The poultry industry continues to grow in Maryland. In 1999, some 294.4 million broiler chickens were produced, up from 290.9 million in 1998. Maryland ranks seventh among all states in the number of broilers raised in 1999. Egg production also rose from 867 million in 1998 to 894 million in 1999.
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for marketing, animal industries, and consumer services; plant industries and pest management; and resource conservation. Data relating to the production and marketing of agricultural products, agriculture prices and income, and other statistics pertinent to agriculture and agribusiness is compiled and published by the Agricultural Statistics Service, a State statistical office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Maryland Cooperative Extension is a statewide education system operated by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Maryland, College Park. For farmers and others involved in agriculture, the Service offers problem-solving resources and scientific expertise through its network of county extension offices.
Traditional showcases of agriculture persist in the State, including the annual Maryland State Fair, at Timonium, annual county fairs, and regional farmers' markets.
April 1, 2001
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