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Virginia Agriculture

Virginia Agriculture

As the state’s slogan says, Virginia is for lovers – including lovers of the land. Agriculture is the top industry in the state, providing close to 311,000 jobs and $52 billion to the economy annually. Virginia has nearly 46,000 farms spreading across nearly 8.2 million acres of land. The average farm measures 179 acres in size, and Virginia farmers grow and raise a range of commodities.

Livestock dominates Virginia’s top commodities with broilers, cattle and calves, and turkeys ranking in the top five. Other key products include milk, soybeans, greenhouse and nursery products, corn for grain, hay, and wheat. The state is a leader in produce production as well, with crops ranging from tomatoes to apples and grapes to potatoes. Its forestry sector also plays a large role in the overall industry. The state produces both hardwood and softwood timber as well as Christmas trees.

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Virginia Agriculture by the Numbers



Farmers Markets


Economic Impact


Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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