Sunday, October 2, 2011

Farms Dominate Landscape Here

Despite Pockets of commercial and residential development, farms remain the dominant feature in Franklin County's landscape.
Franklin County farm facing east and fall scenery
  • Franklin County ranks eighth among Virginia's 95 counties in the amount of farmland, according to the most recent U.S. Census of Agriculture.
  • Franklin County has 166,592 acres of farmland, according to the census.
  • Bedford County ranks fifth with 212,237 acres.
  • Franklin County also ranked among the top 10 counties for Virginia Farm income, according to the census.
  • The average Farm in Virginia generates $61,334 worth of sales according to figures from the national Agriculture Service (NASS).
  • The average size of a Virginia farm is 171 acres, according to NASS.
The BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist visited a local Dairy Farm as part of their basic training last Spring and saw the day to day operations. I cannot commend our local Farmers enough for all they do to produce quality dairy products for us! 
If you are interested in the Virginia Master Naturalist program and want to learn more about it, or when the next training will be held, click here.

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