RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's farm and forestry exports reached a record $3.35 billion in 2014, increasing by more than 14 percent from the previous year.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the export numbers Monday to start the two-day annual Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond. It was the fourth straight year Virginia has set a record for exports.
The top destination for Virginia farm and forestry products was China, which imported more than $691, followed by Canada at $279 million and Switzerland at $174 million.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia peanut growers had a productive 2014.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says growers broke national records with a yield of 4,350 pounds per acre. That is based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The Virginia yield was several hundred pounds more than the national average yield.
Virginia growers credit several factors for their success, including improved seed varieties and longer rotations.