Agriculture is one of Maryland’s critical economic engines with more than 2 million farm acres in production and over $2.2 billion of agricultural products sold. Senator Van Hollen is working to ensure farmers and agricultural leaders across the state have the resources they need to support agricultural production, rural development, and conservation efforts. He is also focused on making sure that rural communities from the Eastern Shore to western Maryland have the federal support necessary to build the infrastructure, energy, and telecommunication/broadband projects that will maintain a viable agricultural economy that produces the 21st-century agriculture and clean energy jobs needed in the rural areas of our state.