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September 19, 2019
Virginia Announces Its Top 20 Agricultural Products
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, VDACS, 804.786.7686

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry – by far. As a whole, it contributes $70 billion to the state’s economy every year. According to the latest data from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (Aug. 30, 2019), these are the state’s top grossing products right now, also known as farm cash receipts:

*All numbers rounded to the nearest thousand

1.    Broilers (chickens)                                          $935 Million

2.    Cattle and calves                                            $413

3.    Greenhouse/Nursery                                      $306

4.    Dairy products/Milk                                         $285

5.    Turkeys                                                           $236

6.    Soybeans                                                        $225

7.    All other animals and products ¹                     $215

8.    Corn (for grain)                                               $175

9.    Floriculture                                                      $146

10.  Hay                                                                 $118

11.  Eggs (chickens)                                              $101

12.  Tobacco                                                          $97

13.  Cotton lint                                                       $64

14.  Hogs                                                                $44

15.  Wheat                                                              $43

16.  Apples                                                             $37

17.  Peanuts                                                           $26

18.  Tomatoes                                                         $22

19.  Potatoes                                                          $19

20.  Pumpkins                                                        $10

¹All Other Animals includes horses, aquaculture and other misc. animals

This is the first year that pumpkins entered the Top 20 list. The 2018 crop brought in $10,343,000 in cash receipts from 3,500 harvest acres of commercial pumpkins. This does not include those grown for pick-your-own patches. It is also the first year for Floriculture, or flower farming, which debuted at #9. Flower agritourism is also growing in Virginia, with cut-your-own farms, sunflower mazes and educational events such as floral arranging or flower teas.

Crops and animals that just missed the list include trout, honey, barley and mink pelts.


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