Agriculture Week And Agriculture Literacy Week 2014


WHEREAS, agriculture is the Commonwealth’s largest industry, with an economic impact of $52 billion annually that employs more than 300,000 workers; and

WHEREAS, Virginia farmers market a wide variety of products on more than 46,000 farms, covering 33 percent of the Commonwealth’s total land mass, at grocery stores, farm stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, and other agritourism venues; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is experiencing record export sales, up over eight percent from last year,  and is opening new trade offices to meet global demands for food, animal feed, beverages, fiber and wood products; and

WHEREAS, modern agriculture is so productive and efficient, 98 percent of the population in the United States is now two or three generations removed from agriculture; and

WHEREAS, on average, a Virginia farmer feeds his or her own family, plus an additional 144 people here and around the globe; and

WHEREAS, with all of its technological, marketing and scientific innovations, modern-day agriculture is a mystery to many people; therefore, the need for increased agriculture literacy is more crucial than ever for today’s citizens and students;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 23 – 29, 2014, as VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE WEEK and VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE LITERACY WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.