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Mid-Atlantic Soybean Farmer

Mike Harrison

“It’s a pretty rewarding experience to see all that hard work pan out and know that we’re helping to feed families throughout the Mid-Atlantic.”

Mike Harrison
Soybean Farmer

Name: Mike Harrison
Location: Woodbine, Maryland
Years farming: I was raised on the farm and took it over 25 years ago.
My family: My wife is Ann, and we’ve been married 37 years. We have three adult children: Melissa, Cara, and Mike, Jr. We also have three grandchildren: Kyle, Alyson and Brennon.
How I came to be a farmer: My dad bought this farm about 55 years ago and I took it over 25 years ago. Seven generations of farmers in our family came before us. Farming is my heritage and it’s in my blood.
The best thing about being a farmer: On our farm, the family comes together to work and play. There’s a lot of enjoyment having the kids with you on the farm, seeing them grow up and making their own way.
My personal philosophy on farming: With world population exploding and grain reserves shrinking, farmers will have to become more efficient and rise to the task.

Soybean Production in Maryland and the United States
  • Each soybean plant has 60-to-80 pods containing two or three beans each.
  • One acre of soybeans can produce more than 82,000 crayons.
  • Soybean oil is contained in such items as vegetable oil, salad dressing and mayonnaise. It is also used for such things as tofu, soy sauce and high fiber breads like pizza crust.
  • 98 percent of the soybean meal produced by U.S. farmers is fed to animals such as pigs, cows and chickens.
  • Maryland farmers planted approximately 480,000 acres of soybeans in 2011, up 10,000 acres from 470,000 acres planted in 2010.
  • Soybean oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the United States, representing 65 percent of all edible fat and oil consumed by people.

For more information about soybean farming in Maryland, visit the Maryland Soybean Board.

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