2017 Virginia Agriculture Week


WHEREAS, agriculture is the Commonwealth’s largest industry, sustaining over 311,000 Virginia jobs and showing an economic impact of $52 billion annually; and

WHEREAS, on average, a Virginia farmer produces enough food to feed 155 people each year; and

WHEREAS, the world’s population is projected to reach 9.7 billion people by the year 2050, and farmers will face tremendous challenges in feeding the growing population; and

WHEREAS, Virginia farmers are already rising to the challenge by utilizing new technologies to increase agricultural production, improve efficiency, and expand their world markets; and

WHEREAS, farmers are the planet’s original environmental stewards, and they continue to apply the very best practices to protect valuable land and water resources;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 19-25, 2017, as VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.