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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.
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.
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.
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.
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