The Agriculture Numbers for VA
The Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry combined are Virginia's largest private sector industry. According to a 2017 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 $91 billion annually. Agriculture generates more than $70 billion per annum, while forestry induces over $21 billion. The industries also provided nearly 450,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.
The Three Priorities
Agriculture and forestry are the Commonwealth’s largest private industries, with a combined annual economic impact of over $91 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.
For more information on COVID-19, review the resources below.
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: COVID-19 Emergency Information Center
Virginia Department of Forestry: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Emergency Operations
Virginia Racing Commission