US (VA): Farm product sales soar as number of farms fall

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The sales of Virginia agricultural products remain robust despite a general drop in farm numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2022 Census of Agriculture.
A 10% decrease in the number of Virginia farms didn’t seem to inhibit sales.

Since the 2017 agricultural census, total sales of commonwealth farm-sourced products jumped from almost $4 billion to $5.5 billion in 2022, according to a recent release from Virginia Farm Bureau.

Virginia’s nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod operations brought in $399 million in sales, higher than the $328 million generated by the sector in 2017.

The census state profile indicates smaller operations generating less than $2,500 in sales make up 36% of the $5.5 billion overall state sales. Virginia’s farm products contribute 1% to all U.S. agricultural sales.


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