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.
Recently released findings from the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture revealed that 36% of American farmers and ranchers are women, and 56% of all U.S. farming operations have at least one female decision-maker.
A recent study found that 22.8 million U.S. jobs are directly related to agriculture and food, including those in farming and ranching, manufacturing and wholesale and retail operations.
The 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture found that the overall number of Virginia farms decreased, but the numbers of its smallest and largest farms increased.
The average Virginia farmer is 58.5 years old, compared to 57.2 years in 2012, according to recently released findings of the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture.