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The tables below offer information about Virginia agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Virginia ranks 30th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 2,684,393 100.0% 30
Livestock & livestock products 1,782,121 66.4% 25
Crops 902,271 33.6% 32
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Virginia's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Virginia's top commodities in each of Virginia's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Virginia's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 22.00% Greenhouse/nursery 8.7%
Cattle and calves 11.8% Soybeans 4.6%
Dairy products 11.5% Tobacco 4.2%
Turkeys 28% Tomatoes 3.6%
Horses/mules 3.8% Corn for grain 3.5%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Broilers rank as Virginia's top agricultural product and top product in the livestock products category. Cattle and calves and dairy products are also important in the state. The production of turkeys and horses/mules round out the top five livestock products.

Greenhouse and nursery products lead the field in the "crops" category. Soybeans and tobacco are next, followed by tomatoes and corn for grain.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Virginia.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 590,172 22.0%
2. Cattle and calves 317,677 11.8%
3. Dairy products 308,417 11.5%
4. Greenhouse/nursery 232,453 8.7%
5. Turkeys 182,855 6.8%
6. Soybeans 124,293 4.6%
7. Tobacco 112,920 4.2%
8. Horses/mules 102,400 3.8%
9. Tomatoes 95,931 3.6%
10. Corn for grain 94,753 3.5%
11. Chicken eggs 69,758 2.6%
12. Hogs 67,599 2.5%
13. Hay 45,571 1.7%
14. Cotton 38,945 1.5%
15. Aquaculture 32,424 1.2%
16. Wheat 31,819 1.2%
17. Apples 29,276 1.1%
18. Peanuts 22,464 0.8%
19. Potatoes 9,028 0.3%
20. Barley 6,922 0.3%
21. Beans, snap 5,980 0.2%
22. Grapes 4,420 0.2%
23. Cucumbers 4,080 0.2%
24. Corn, sweet 3,168 0.1%
25. Sheep and lambs 2,933 0.1%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Virginia agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of broilers produced in Virginia is 590,172. This number represents a dollar value of $590,172,000 (590,172 x 1,000): five hundred and ninety million, one hundred and seventy-two thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Virginia. For example, broilers account for 22.0% of Virginia's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of broilers in the state add up to a little over 1/5 of Virginia's total agricultural production.

Virginia farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Virginia farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
47,500 8,597,500 34% 181
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service

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