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I just got my hands on the 2014 Virginia agriculture facts and figures and I am proud to share them with you. 

Agriculture, which includes your purchases at a nursery or garden center, is Virginia’s largest industry by far.  The agricultural industry has an economic impact of $52 billion annually and provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.  To be more specific, sales in nurseries and garden centers is the #6 commodity under Virginia agriculture at $272 million dollars.  That’s a lot of plants being grown, sold, and planted in Virginia.

Here are more Virginia farm facts that you may find interesting:

·         Virginia has more than 46,000 farms.

·         The typical Virginia farmer is 59.5 years old.  Thirty-six percent of farmers are 65 years of age or older.

·         The average farm size is 181 acres.

·         Approximately 17 percent of Virginia’s primary farm operators are female.

·         In the 1960s one farmer supplied food for 25.8 persons in the U.S. and abroad.  Today, one farmer supplies food for 155 people in the U.S. and abroad.

·         Less than 16 cents of every consumer dollar spent on food actually goes to the farmer.

So, bottom line, planting more shrubs, trees, perennials, and annuals not only improves our own environment but it makes a significant economic impact for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  All these statistics are provided by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Posted: 7/19/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
Bonnie Pega
If you buy directly from a farmer at a Farmers' Market, then 100% of your dollar goes to the farmer.
7/22/2014 10:06:26 AM

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