Agriculture is an essential industry in our society throughout America.
In Virginia, agriculture leads the way with a $70 billion economic impact annually, and provides over 334,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.
The Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee in Tazewell took advantage of National Ag Day to highlight the importance of local farmers throughout the county.
“We strive to communicate with the general public how important agriculture is — that their food still comes from a farm even though they go to the grocery store to buy it,” says Dennis Jones, Assistant Director of Field Services for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
Cattle farming is the second highest “crop” harvested in Virginia, but it leads the way in Tazewell County, according to Jones, but agriculture does a whole lot more than just putting food on the table.
“Agriculture is a very large industry in Tazewell County and a lot of people don’t realize they automatically associate that with farming or the food that we eat, but it does help support every other industry in the county from entertainment all the way to medicine,” says Taylor Estep, Tazewell County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Chairman.
In an effort to bring various issues that Tazewell farmers face to light, organizers hope to partner with local elected officials to continue to raise awareness and promote support for local farmers.
After all, 90% of Virginia farms are owned and operated by individuals or families.