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Charles County, MD

Charles County is located at the southern extent of the Washington Metropolitan region. It borders on the Potomac River to its west and south and Prince George’s county to its north. The County has a population of 140,444 and a land area of approximately 450 square miles. Charles County sees it’s self as a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper, where the preservation of our heritage is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation. Agriculture is a significant part of Charles County, both as an industry and as a contributor to the County’s character. Serious efforts are underway to protect our agricultural lands and rural character.

Agricultural Acreage in 2007: 52,147 acres
Number of Farms: 418
Number of Farm Markets: 2
Top three to five Agricultural Products: Dairy products, cattle, poultry & eggs.

Total Local Economic Contribution of Agriculture:

  • Revenue from agriculture: $8,898,000
  • Revenue per farm average $21,287
  • Crop sales $6,602,000(74%)
  • Livestock Sales $2,296,000(26%)

Other Farm-Related Products or Activities in the County: Wineres, Soybeans, corn other grains

Principal Agricultural Contacts:
Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF)– Charles County
Charles Rice - Department of Planning and Growth Management
301-645-0651 -

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Christine Bergmark: 301 – 274-1922

Maryland Farm Bureau Representatives:

Pat Wathen - County President
Melinda Rice - County Secretary
Box 374, LaPlata, MD 20646, (301) 392-3770

Charles County Cooperative Extension:
9375 Chesapeake Street #119
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 934-5403
(301) 753-8195 Washington Line

Current Partners in the
National Capital Farms Network:
Anne Arundel County Arlington County Virginia Calvert County Carroll County Charles County Clarke County Culpeper County District of Columbia Howard County Jefferson County Virginia King George County Fairfax County Virignia Fauquier County Virginia Frederick County Maryland Loudoun County Virignia Montgomery County Maryland Rappahannock County Stafford County St Mary's County Prince Williams County Prince George's County Maryland Washington County Warren County Berkeley County Morgan County
County Links

Charles County Home Page
Charles County Cooperative Extension
So Maryland So good
Operating Farms Database
Southern MD Ag. Development Commission