Findings from 2010, the most recent year for which stats are available at this time,
has 47,300 farms and not quite 8.1 million acres of farmland. The average Virginia farm is 170 acres, which is smaller than the national average. The average annual market value of products sold from a Virginia farm is $61,334. Virginia
Top cropland uses according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture* are forage (hay for livestock), soybeans, corn for grain, wheat and corn for silage (stored to feed livestock).
At the top of the state’s livestock inventory were 43.7 million broiler and other meat-type chickens, 6.3 million turkeys, 3.2 million laying hens, 1.6 head of cattle and 1.2 pullet (young) hens raised for laying flocks.
farmers identify their primary occupation as farming. Virginia
The average principal farm operator in
is 58.2 years old. Eighty-three percent of principal farm operators are men, and 17 percent are women. Virginia
* The Census of Agriculture is conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The 2012 census will be conducted in 2013 and based on
farm production for this year. U.S.