Agribusiness plays a primary role in the local commercial vitality and also makes a significant economic impact statewide. Promoting innovative and flexible use of our fertile land and optimum growing conditions is a cornerstone of local agricultural practice. Agriculture production, crop sales and livestock sales combined totaled over $90 million in 2012 - an increase of $15 million since 2007(1). We are 8th(2) in the state for agriculture production – slipping one spot from the 2007 Census of Agriculture. Also, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Orange County can claim to be:
- 1st in Virginia for the value of sales in the Nursery, Greenhouse, Floriculture and Sod commodity group. Some major employers established in this commodity are:
- Battlefield Farms
- American Color
- Somerset Seed & Sod
- 2nd in Virginia for the total value of crops including Nurseries and Greenhouses - up from a ranking of 3rd in the state in the 2007 Census of Agriculture.
- 3rd in Virginia for the total livestock inventory (number) of Quail and 6th in the state for Turkeys.
According to the Virginia Wine Board "2013 Commerical Grape Report", Orange County ranks 3rd in Virginia for number of acres bearing grapes (250 acres) and 2nd in the state for tons produced (1,042)(3). Orange County is home to award-winning vineyards: Barboursville Vineyards, Chateau Merrillanne Vineyards, Honah Lee Vineyard, Horton Vineyards, and Reynard Florence Vineyard.
- 17th in Virginia for employment in the Horse Industry(4).
Top 10 Virginia Counties in Farm Income (5)
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Sources on this page:
(1) USDA Census of Agriculture 2012, National Agricultural Statistics Service, County Profile for Orange County, VA
(3) 2013 Virginia Commericial Grape Report, p. 3
(4) The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry in Virginia, The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, p.33
(5) Virginia Farm Bureau, "Field Crops, Virginia Ag Facts"