Virginia Agriculture Week 2016


WHEREAS, agriculture in the Commonwealth is the state’s largest industry, with an economic impact of $52 billion annually and employment of more than 311,000 people; and

WHEREAS, on average, a Virginia farmer feeds his or her own family, and reaches the tables of 155 additional people around the globe; and

WHEREAS, Virginia agricultural products travel from farm to fork from more than 46,000 farms to grocery stores, farm stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, other retail outlets and agritourism venues in the U.S. as well as destinations around the world; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is experiencing record export sales and is opening up new trade offices to meet global demands for food, beverages, fiber and wood products; 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 agricultural literacy is more crucial than ever for today’s citizens and students to understand how food gets from the farm to the fork; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Agriculture Literacy Project will take place March 14-31 in conjunction with Agriculture Week;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 13-19, 2016, as VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.