Consumers’ food spending habits are changing, and recent data indicates a growing preference for time- and money-saving options.
A newly released study found that the annual economic impact of Virginia’s agriculture and forestry sectors increased by nearly 7% since similar research was conducted in 2016.
Virginia farmers earned $4 billion from the sale of all agriculture products in 2017, and half of that income was generated in the state’s top 10 ag counties, according to recently released findings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Virginia forests provided $21 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. More than 62 percent of the commonwealth qualifies as forestland, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.23 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.