Franklin County encompasses 1,698 square miles and borders Canada in western Maine. Over the past 30 years, farming has changed significantly in Franklin County. The county has been traditionally dependent on natural resource based industries including wood products and agriculture. Following statewide trends, the average age of farmers has increased, while the average size of farms has decreased. Significant sectors such as dairy have experienced losses in recent years, and formerly vibrant businesses such as large scale poultry operations have all but disappeared.