How do we improve the region’s agricultural economy?

AGRICULTURE | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is set to release a report, What Our Region Grows, by the end of the year. The report analysed the region’s agricultural economy and includes recommendations on how to strengthen it. According to the report, more than 480,000 residents from across the region are employed in this sector. (MWCOG, 9/24)

“We’re excited to share this first look at the work of COG’s experienced Regional Agricultural Work Group,” said Lindsay Smith, COG’s Regional Food Systems Value Chain Coordinator. “This report reinforces the idea that regional collaboration is key to ensuring agriculture can expand and thrive in metropolitan Washington.”

Metropolitan Washington is a growing region with a growing demand for food, yet land in farms has been steadily decreasing since World War II. Earlier this decade, COG set a regional goal to maintain 498,946 acres of land in farms to improve the food system and preserve agriculture. The most recent data puts the region just 3,600 acres above this threshold.

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