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US census charts growth of Va. farm products

By Derek Stetzler, News Producer, dstetzler@wcyb.com
Published On: May 09 2014 07:01:46 AM CDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A census shows that agriculture is growing by almost every measure in Virginia.

The final figures were released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service and are based on a 2012 census. In terms of land use, the state has more than 8 million acres devoted to farming. That is up 2.4 percent from 2007, when the last census was done.

The average value of agricultural products sold per farm was $81,540, up from $61,334 in 2007. The average size of a farm was 180 acres, while the average age of the principal farm operator was 59.5 years.

The average value of agricultural products sold per farm was $81,540, up from $61,334 in 2007. The average size of a farm was 180 acres, while the average age of the principal farm operator was 59.5 years.