Maryland is one of the smallest U.S. states in terms of area, as well as one of the most densely populated, with around six million residents. As of 2009, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state, owing in large part to its close proximity to the nation’s capital and a highly diversified economy spanning manufacturing, services, and biotechnology. The largest cities are Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown and Silver Spring. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Maryland’s gross state product in 2012 was $317.7 billion. Maryland has a large food-production sector. A large component of this is commercial fishing, centered in the Chesapeake Bay, but also including activity off the short Atlantic seacoast. The largest catches by species are the blue crab, oysters, striped bass, and menhaden.

State Department of Agriculture

Early agricultural interests in Maryland were represented by the Board of Agriculture under auspices of the University of Maryland. In 1972, the Maryland General Assembly approved legislation establishing the Maryland Department of Agriculture on the basis of agriculture’s growing importance and impact to the economy of the state. A year later, the Maryland Department of Agriculture became a full fledged part of state operations.

Maryland’s Best: Introduced in 2001, the Maryland’s Best logo was created to provide a visual reference for consumers to identify agricultural products as grown in Maryland.
Register to use the Maryland’s Best logo on your products, containers, marketing materials and more. Consumers recognize the Maryland’s Best logo and prefer to purchase locally grown products that feature the logo.