Ev­ery day is Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Day in Mary­land

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The Agri­cul­ture Coun­cil of Amer­ica (ACA) is cel­e­brat­ing the 44th Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Day on March 21. How­ever, we be­lieve ev­ery day is Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Day in Mary­land be­cause agri­cul­ture is our num­ber one in­dus­try in the state. Many re­fer to Mary­land as “Amer­ica in minia­ture” be­cause we have all four dis­tinct sea­sons and a di­verse land­scape of moun­tains, flat­land, beaches, rivers, lakes and bays.

Mary­land also rep­re­sents Amer­ica be­cause our farm­ers pro­duce al­most ev­ery com­mod­ity in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try, from dairy, pigs and grain to fruits, veg­eta­bles and poul­try. Here in District 3, which in­cludes Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s counties, you can pri­mar­ily find horses, grain crops, veg­eta­bles, cat­tle and vine­yards on our farms.

In most of Western Mary­land, you will see dairy, forestry and beef cat­tle on farms. And on most of the East­ern Shore, you will see poul­try, corn and soy­beans on farms. But the unique part about Mary­land agri­cul­ture is that you can see any of th­ese com­modi­ties pro­duced in any part of the state.

We are proud to not only pro­duce the food, fuel and fiber for our local com­mu­ni­ties and the world, but to also be the best stew­ards of the land and en­vi­ron­ment. Mary­land farm­ers im­ple­ment Nu­tri­ent Man­age­ment Plans on our op­er­a­tions to pro­tect the soil, air and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, plant cover crops to ab­sorb un­used plant nu­tri­ents, and use buf­fer strips to stop wa­ter flow off of a field.

As board mem­bers of Mary­land Farm Bureau, we are proud to rep­re­sent an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes and pro­tects ALL types of agri­cul­ture and ru­ral life in Mary­land. All com­modi­ties, all farm sizes and all pro­duc­tion meth­ods. I chal­lenge you to visit a local farm this spring and cel­e­brate Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Day, no mat­ter what day it is, be­cause agri­cul­ture is cel­e­brated in Mary­land 365 days a year.

If you are not a mem­ber of Mary­land Farm Bureau and want to sup­port our state’s nat­u­ral re­sources and ru­ral her­itage, visit md­farm­bu­reau.com or call 410-922-3426 to join to­day. James Ra­ley Jr. and Milly Welsh, Mary­land Farm Bureau Board mem­bers

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