Virginia farmers earned $4 billion from the sale of all agriculture products in 2017, and half of that income was generated in the state’s top 10 ag counties, according to recently released findings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
U.S. net farm income is expected to increase 10 percent this year, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the increase follows a 16 percent drop in 2018.
Virginia forests provided $21 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. More than 62 percent of the commonwealth qualifies as forestland, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.23 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
The number of turkeys raised in Virginia is expected to total 17 million this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 16,800 last year, carving out a plentiful market of local birds available for the holiday table.