Agriculture is Maryland's largest industry, with more than 12,000 farms covering more than 2 million acres. They produce $1.3 billion of agricultural products annually and employ 350,000 workers. Success requires a unique blend of federal and state programs that help farmers manage risk, careful stewardship of every acre, and opportunities to market their products close to home.

Maryland farmers understand how valuable a healthy Chesapeake Bay is: a healthier Bay means better water and soil for regional farming and a healthier overall economy for the region and the nation. I worked hard to ensure that the 2014 Farm Bill helped Maryland’s farm communities. That’s why I will continue to fight for Maryland farmers in the upcoming Farm Bill, including federal support for conservation efforts.