Just Some Virginia Ag Facts — Did You Know
(Based on the 2008 Virginia Agricultural Statistics Bulletin)
Apples — Virginia ranks among the top states in apple production. Based on the 2005 Orchard Survey, 24 varieties are grown in the state.
Chickens (broilers) — Broilers are Virginia's #1 farm enterprise.
Cattle & Calves — Virginia's cattle herd ranks in the top 21 in the nation.
Corn — Virginia yellow corn is primarily used for poultry and livestock feed.
Cotton — The value of cotton production decreased 43% from 2003 to 2008 in Virginia.
Hogs — Virginia hams and pork products are famous around the world.
Horses — Based on the 2006 Equine Survey, 215,000 horses are in Virginia.
Milk — Sales of milk contributed $371 million to Virginia's economy in 2008.
Nursery Products — Plants, bulbs and Christmas trees are part of a rapidly growing business in the state.
Peanuts — Virginia peanuts are known as the Cadillac of peanuts for their size and flavor.
Seafood — Data from Virginia Seafood reports, Virginia is the fourth largest producer of marine products.
Sheep, Lambs & Wool — Virginia is one of the largest sheep producing states east of the Mississippi.
Soybeans — Soybeans are used for oil, animal feed, ink, and as a protein source in a variety of foods.
Tomato — Eastern Virginia's climate and soil create ideal conditions for growing plump tomatoes.
Turkey — Virginia is a major turkey supplier for markets in the Eastern US and abroad.
Wheat — Winter wheat thrives in Virginia and is sold to flour mills throughout the East Coast.