The productive land and prime agricultural soils of the Chesapeake watershed support a rich heritage of working farms. In fact, 6,923,975 acres (17%) of watershed land area are currently being actively used for agricultural purposes. Many farms and related businesses have added economic and cultural value as well, orchards, vineyards, wineries and more. Yet many of our most valuable farm lands are often close to population centers and subject to intense development pressure. Farther away, other regions which supply the largest share of produce coming into the mid-Atlantic are beset by multi-year droughts and climate changes that may have far-reaching impacts. Conserving our region’s farms and prime farmland for long-term food production and security is a priority.
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