Agriculture and Forestry Numbers for Virginia
The Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry combined are Virginia's largest private sector industry. According to a 2022 economic impact study conducted by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, agriculture and forestry have a combined economic impact of over $105 billion annually. Agriculture generates more than $82.3 billion per annum, while forestry induces over $23.6 billion. The industries also provided nearly 490,295 jobs in the Commonwealth.
Agriculture and Forestry Priorities
Agriculture and forestry are the Commonwealth’s largest private industries, with a combined annual economic impact of over $105 billion, and the health of these industries affects communities around Virginia, especially in rural areas. This office and it's three agencies are committed to supporting rural economic development, preserving farmland and forestland across Virginia, and ensuring that all Virginians, especially those who are most vulnerable, have access to safe, healthy foods.
2017 Virginia Agricultural facts and figures