Family farming ties are strong in West Virginia – 95 percent of farms in the state are family-owned, the highest number in the U.S. Some of Virginia’s top ag products include cattle and calves, broilers and turkey. Many farmers also produce sheep and lambs, hogs, peaches, honey, farm-raised fish and wool.
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What’s Growing in West Virginia?
- Cattle and Calves – $211 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Broilers – $192 million: The U.S. has the largest broiler chicken industry in the world and consumes more chicken than anyone else.
- Turkeys – $73.5 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.
- Chicken Eggs – $53.9 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Hay – $40.2 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Dairy Products – $24.3 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Corn – $17.7 million: Field corn is different from the corn we eat. Hard and dry, it’s used to feed livestock and make ethanol.
- Apples – $13. 5 million: Apple trees take up to four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Soybeans – $10.7 million: Soybeans are an important ingredient in crayons. In fact, just 1 acre of soybeans can make 82,368 crayons.
- Peaches – $6.06 million: The life of a peach tree is about 15 years, but they don’t bear fruit during the first two years.