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Maryland's Department of Agriculture

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State of Maryland -- MDA
Farmers and the Bay Maryland agriculture is vital to the long-term health of the state's economy, environment and quality of life. Maryland farmers - like homeowners and all residents - play a key role in protecting our state's natural resources, especially the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland farmers are conservation leaders in the Bay region because they use various conservation measures to produce healthy crops and livestock while protecting the environment and maintaining profitable businesses. Well-managed agricultural land provides many more environmental benefits than developed land. Our farm land also provides a wide variety of fresh, nutritious food that is available locally, thereby reducing the environmental, fuel, and nutritional costs of food transportation. To counter development pressure and to strengthen our regional food system, it is in our best interest to keep farmers farming the land. Did You Know? MDA is hanging about 4,000 purple triangular traps statewide as part of Emerald Ash Borer surveillance. Ash is the most common street tree in Baltimore and makes up about 10 percent of total trees in the State. Mosquitoes can go through their whole life cycle in less than a week during the summer. Only female mosquitoes bite. Maryland farmers are strong stewards of the land and water. Learn more. MDA is a member of the Maryland Green Registry, recognized for its sustainable practices. Honey bees must collect from 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. MDA headquarters recycled about 45.5 tons of materials last year. Last year, MDA collected 49,000 empty pesticide containers weighing 21.6 tons that were chipped, processed and remanufactured into new pesticide containers. Maryland is one of the first states in the nation to have a backyard kitchen garden at the Governor's house. One third (2 million acres) of Maryland's land is in farms.


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