Published: January 11th, 2011
Originator: Chesapeake Bay Program
Agriculture is a primary economic sector in the region containing 3.2 percent of the nation's farm acreage, yet producing 5.7 percent of the nation's agricultural receipts and contributing 13 percent of region's Gross Domestic Product. Farmers in the watershed have been leaders in the voluntary restoration effort and a national model for cooperation. The next Farm Bill may provide unprecedented opportunity to provide support for many Chesapeake Bay agricultural program. A clear voice from the agriculture community is needed in order to help direct and propel the Chesapeake Bay partnership in a direction that enhances clean up and provides for increased farm viability.