Finalizing our series of material focusing on the history of agricultural within Piedmont Virginia, I thought it may be time to finally allow my hopefully entertained audience to realize the great importance and vast amounts of agriculture being produced today in our present era.
Starting off, Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry and forms the basis for a number of related enterprises, including food and fiber production, processing, distribution, and marketing. This mainly because of Virginia’s naturally rich farming conditions. Within the Piedmont Region due to the fact that its lands are majority flat agricultural-friendly properties, nearly 20 out of every 100 jobs are directly related to farming. Jobs can be anywhere from the traditional raising of field crops, vegetables, livestock, and nursery products, to the breeding of commercial horses. Take a look how much this has changed compared to my first blog when the country was first settled. Most residents were farmers and grew their own food however, fundamental changes occurred when roads where cleared greatly for transportation’s of such produce and railroads allowed farmers to transport goods within days.
As years have passed since the 1700,s so many different aspects of agriculture are being transported and marketed within the Piedmont region now. Piedmont has over 25 different produce coming for its rich environment. Here are a list of many popular crops,
- Christmas Trees
- Livestock feed
Pretty amazing that all of these crops and more are created right within our region of Virginia. This leads me to why agriculture in Virginia is so important. Agriculture plays a crucial role in the life of our state’s economy Piedmont’s agriculture not only provides food and raw material but also employment opportunities to a very large proportion of our population. (As I said before).
Trade is also another reason why Virginia’s agriculture is so important. Not only do we trade locally and within our state but we trade all over the place. Virginia’s total income is nearly half produced by our agriculture activities. We transport all throughout the country allowing Virginia’s income to soar in its agricultural perspective. That’s a great feeling to have knowing the region we live in can compensate for so much gain for our economy.
Coming to a closure, it truly is quite amazing how the Piedmont Region changed so drastically solely through the need of agriculture to other regions of Virginia, and current…not just Virginia the whole world! Help our local Southside Virginia Farmers out by attending the Farmers market located right behind the Mill in Historic Farmville. You will not be disappointed.
Visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia_naturally/documents/chapter1.pdf to find out everything you want to know about Virginia and its present state of Agriculture.