Virginia Agriculture Week and Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week


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

WHEREAS, Virginia farmers market a wide variety of products from 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 and is opening up new trade offices to meet global demands for food, beverages, fiber and wood products; and

WHEREAS, on average, a Virginia farmer feeds his or her own family, plus an additional 155 people here or around the globe; and

WHEREAS, with all 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 15 – 21, 2015, as VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE WEEK AND VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE LITERACY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.