Maryland farmers participating in the Maryland Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Cover Crop Program planted over 414,000 acres of cover crops on their farms this past fall to control soil erosion, reduce nutrient runoff and protect water quality in streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The 2012 cover crop exceeds Maryland's 2013 Milestone commitment by 17 percent.
"Cover crops are the workhorse of our Bay restoration efforts" said Governor Martin O'Malley. "I thank all farmers who planted cover crops - especially the 100 plus farmers who are new to the program this year." He encouraged more farmers to sign up this summer for the 2013-2014 program.