In this way, Maryland can maintain its agricultural independence when the price of importing products from other states or countries increases. For example, the drought in California is causing a decline in the production of crops there, and the prices of their produce that we enjoy here may rise significantly. The cost of shipping will increase as well as the price of fuels. If we maintain our ability to produce crops here rather than losing our agricultural lands to development, Maryland will be in a much better position in the future. Wind turbines and industrial arrays of solar panels will not produce agricultural products.