The mission of the Cecil County Office of Economic Development's Agriculture section is to be the "Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture." Its goals are to unite the agriculture community of Cecil County, to promote and enhance the economic vitality of all sectors of agriculture, to advise government (local, state, national) on the interest of agriculture, to raise the public awareness of the importance of agriculture and to increase public understanding of modern agricultural production processes.
Agricultural pursuits have dominated the Cecil County landscape and economy for centuries. Though its land base is shrinking, agriculture is still an important and growing industry, and county farmers produce products for local, regional, national and international marketplaces.
Cecil County comprises 222,824 acres. Cecil County also offers opportunities to pick-your-own in orchards and fields (apples, berries, cherries, peaches, vegetables, etc.), cut-your-own (Christmas trees) and numerous festivals and arts and crafts shows to make-your-own (scarecrows, wreaths, flower arrangements, etc.). About 33.3% (73,793 acres) is farmland. Much of the agricultural land is devoted to nursery, greenhouse, and floriculture production and grain for animal feed.
Principal crops are corn, soybeans and wheat. Secondary crops include hay, barley, tree fruits (apples, peaches, pears), vegetables and berries.
Agriculture's contribution to the local economy is significant. According the United States Department of Agriculture data published by the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Statistics Service for the year 2017, Cecil County agricultural products sold have a total market value total of $136,820,000 - Crop Sales, 57%, total $78,051,000 and Livestock Sales, Poultry and Product Sales, 43%, total $58,770,000.
The market value of our horses and ponies here in Cecil County is $6,423,000; the highest in the state and the 18th highest county in the country. The county is well suited for raising horses. We have several large Standardbred and Thoroughbred farms and many smaller farms producing horses for racing and pleasure. the vast ancillary impact of our equine industry is a key contributor to our county's economic vitality.
Cecil County Farms For Sale
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