Virginia Record Ag. and Forestry Exports in 2014 (Mar. 9, 2015, News Release from Va. Governor’s Office)

Following are the hyperlinked headline and an excerpt from the Virginia Governor’s Office’s Mar. 9, 2015,  news release on a new record level of agricultural and forestry exports.  Other news releases from the governor’s office are available online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/.

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Exports Reach New All-Time High, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 3/9/15.

Excerpt: “…[A]gricultural exports, which also include forestry products, from Virginia reached a new all-time high of more than $3.35 billion in 2014, eclipsing the previous record set in 2013 by more than 14 percent.  Virginia also became the second largest agricultural exporter on the East Coast, surpassing North Carolina and gaining ground on Georgia. … This is fourth consecutive year that Virginia has set new record levels for agricultural exports. …

“The top three export markets for Virginia in 2014 were China, Canada, and Switzerland, all filling the same spots they held in 2013.  China imported more than $691 million in agricultural purchases, while Canada totaled just over $279 million and Switzerland took in approximately $174 million in 2014. … The remainder of Virginia’s top ten export markets, along with the values shipped rounded to the nearest million dollars, include:  Mexico, $150 million; Russia, $124 million; Japan, $114 million; United Kingdom, $110 million; Venezuela, $103 million;  Morocco, $98 million; and Indonesia, $94 million. …

“The top agricultural and forestry product exports from Virginia in 2014 include: soybeans, soybean meal and soy oil, lumber and logs, pork, unmanufactured leaf tobacco; poultry, processed foods and beverages, including wine; corn; wheat; animal feed; wood pellets; seafood and other marine products; raw peanuts; cotton; and animal fats and oils. …

“According to a 2013 economic impact study conducted by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, agriculture and forestry are two of Virginia’s largest private industries with a combined economic impact of $70 billion annually.  Agriculture generates more than $52 billion per annum, while forestry induces more than $17 billion.  The industries also provide more than 400,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.  More information about the Weldon Cooper Center’s study can be found at http://www.coopercenter.org/node/2/publications/economic-impacts-agriculture-and-forestry-virginia-revised-2012.”

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