Of note in Maryland, over the past 5 years:
- The oft quoted average age of farmers has increased to 59 years of age, up from 57.
- More women and minorities (particularly Hispanic or Asian folks) are primary farm operators.
- Nearly half of farms are 50 acres or less
- Farmland loss in the state fell from 1.3% to 1% of farms.
- Crop value rose 67%
Full data will be available in May and will be broken down by county.