Why is it important to know about agriculture?
As the nation moves away from an agrarian-oriented society to a manufacturing, technology and service oriented society, fewer people have the opportunity for first-hand experience with the production of food, fiber, and other products upon which their lives depend for survival.
- It is important for both children and adults to be knowledgeable about agriculture for making informed decisions as consumers, citizens, voters, and leaders
- About food & nutrition
- About land use and natural resource management
- About food safety
- About environmental protection and stewardship
- About agricultural economic development
- About supporting activities that sustain the “working landscape” including profitability
4-H Virtual Farm
Visit 4-H Virtual Farm and discover why farming is a part of your life even if you have never lived on a farm, never seen crops grow in a field, or never touched a cow.
The Virtual farm allows children to learn through an interactive program which allows you to learn about 6 different types of farming, including Horse, Aquaculture, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, and Wheat.
To join us on a trip to discover farming click here!
Did You Know?
- Md. farmers planted a record 429,000 acres of cover crops on their farms last fall.
- MDA is hanging 500 purple triangular traps statewide as part of Emerald Ash Borer surveillance.
- Maryland is one of the first states in the nation to have a backyard kitchen garden at the Governor's house.
- Honey bees must collect from 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
- Maryland farmers are strong stewards of the land and water. Learn more.
- There are 52 wineries licensed in Maryland.
- MDA is a member of the Maryland Green Registry, recognized for its sustainable practices.
- Maryland has more horses per square mile than any other state in the nation.
- MDA headquarters recycled about 45.5 tons of materials last year.
- There are 90 organic farms in Maryland on 7,100 certified acres.
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