Virginia announces its top 20 agriculture products

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FILE – In this July 1, 2010, file photo, chickens stand in their cages at Maine Contract Farming, in Turner, Maine. A bill drawn up by Republican Gov. Paul LePage would make public the names of animal activists hired to film undercover footage of animal cruelty. In 2010, an undercover video of conditions at the Turner facility — then called Maine Contract Farming and owned by the DeCoster family — shot by an animal welfare group led to a settlement in which the farm paid $25,000 in fines and made a $100,000 one-time payment to the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Agriculture contributes nearly $70 billion to the state’s economy, making it the largest private industry, by a wide margin.

According to the latest data from the USDA’s Economic Research Service from August 30, 2019, the following are the top-grossing products in Virginia:

1) Broilers (chickens)$935 million
2) Cattle and calves$413 million
3) Greenhouse/Nursery$306 million
4) Dairy Products/Milk$285 million
5) Turkeys$236 million
6) Soybeans$225 million
7) Horses, aquaculture, other misc. animals$215 million
8) Corn (for grain) $175 million
9) Floriculture$146 million
10) Hay$118 million
11) Eggs (chicken)$101 million
12) Tobacco$97 million
13) Cotton Lint$64 million
14) Hogs$44 million
15) Wheat$43 million
16) Apples$37 million
17) Peanuts$26 million
18) Tomatoes$22 million
19) Potatoes$19 million
20) Pumpkins$10 million

2019 marks the first year that pumpkins entered the Top 20 list. The 2018 crop brought in $10,343,000 in cash receipts from 3,500 harvest acres of commercial pumpkins. This does not include those grown for “pick-your-own” pumpkin patches.

It’s also the first year that floriculture, or flower farming, is featured.

Crops and animals that just missed the list include trout, honey, barley, and mink pelts.

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