Agriculture and natural resources play an important role in Maine’s economy. Livestock products, such as brown eggs and milk, draw the most agricultural revenue. The state leads the nation in wild blueberry production and ranks second for maple syrup, but potatoes lead the way as the largest crop growing in the state’s rich soil. An aquaculture industry thrives, too, thanks to the state’s 5,300-mile coastline of clean water and abundance of freshwater – the most of any state east of the Mississippi River. Farmers raise salmon, trout, baitfish, scallops, clams and much more in nearly 190 marine grow-out farms, six marine hatcheries and 18 freshwater hatcheries.
There is a strong sustainable agriculture community alive in the Pine Tree State, and many farmers engage in sustainable farming methods. A diverse organic farming community is present as well.