Agriculture and Aquaculture
St. Mary’s County’s agriculture and aquaculture heritage runs deep.
Preserving the County’s rural character is part of the County’s mission. This means that St. Mary’s County is a very advantageous place to be a farmer, whether in agriculture or aquaculture.
Why farm in St. Mary’s County:
- Strong farm economy supported by a high-income population that actively seeks fresh & value-added local foods
- Excellent growing conditions
- Farm-friendly regulations & community
- Local agencies work to meet local & regional marketing & infrastructure needs.
- Supported regulatory changes needed to develop Loveville Produce Auction
- Technical support for USDA-approved dairy & slaughterhouses in the County
- Three County-sponsored farmers markets & ongoing assistance to numerous private farm stands & markets
- Collaborating to build a Regional Agriculture Center for meat processing
- Proximity to large urban markets in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis, & Richmond
Agriculture & Natural Resource Tourism
Discover the Farms, Forests, Foods & Natural Beauty of St. Mary's County
St. Mary's County Agriculture and Seafood Sales in Dollars
Sales of Value-Added Products Produced $770,000 (USDA Census of Agriculture: 2017 Census volume 1, Ch. 2" County Level Data
Sales of Vegetables, Potatoes, Melons, Berries, Tree Fruits & Nuts Harvested $2,462,000 (USDA Census of Agriculture: 2017 Census volume 1, Ch. 2" County Level Data
Comprehensive Plan designates 80% of County land area for resource-based land uses with goals to preserve 60,000 acres of farmland & a total of more than 78,000 rural acres.
St Mary’s is #1 of the 10 MD counties with aquaculture leases with 25.5% of total leases & 32.9% of leased acreage (MD DNR 1/2018 to 2020 Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Applications)