The Impact of Agriculture on Delaware's Economy

The purpose of this report is to provide a better accounting of the value of the agricultural sector in Delaware’s economy.

Executive Summary

Agriculture is a very important economic sector nationally and it makes a notable contribution to the overall economy of Delaware. In recent decades, the agricultural industry has experienced dynamic changes in response to new developments of innovative production technologies that have affected agricultural productivity and yield. Furthermore, agriculture as a business has faced new challenges from persistent changes in consumers’ perception and demand for various attributes of agricultural and food products. In the changing landscape of agriculture it is important to take a closer look at recent trends in the industry and develop an accurate accounting of the economic value and contribution of agriculture to the rest of the state economy.

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