WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

VDACS Releases Top 20 List of Commodities of 2012

Dec. 2, 2013

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announces the state’s top twenty agricultural commodities and livestock for the 2012 production year.

“This list shows the tremendous diversity of Virginia agriculture, which is just one of the reasons our products are in such demand in the global marketplace,” said Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner. “Most of the power house commodities have retained their top rankings, but we also saw some switch-ups on the list.”

Broilers, Virginia’s top commodity for several years, retained their first-place ranking and increased in value from $593 million in 2011 to $649 million in 2012. Cattle and calves lost about $20 million but still retained their #2 ranking.

One of the biggest changes from 2011 was the movement of soybeans. In 2011, the value of the soybean was $216 million and they placed 7th in the rankings. The revised number moved soybeans to number 6 and corn down to number 7.

2012 Top 20 Commodities:

#| Commodity|--------2012 Cash Receipt |----2011 Value
--------------------------(Value in Million $)------------------------
1. Broilers_$649_|_$593
2. Cattle/Calves_$434_|_$452
3. Milk_$358_|_$395
4. Turkeys_$324_|_$314
5. Soybeans_$302_|_$216
6. Greenhouse/Nursery_$272_|_$267
7. Corn, Grain_$212_|_$169
8. Hay_$123_|_$108
9. Wheat, Winter_$109_|_$114
10. Tobacco_$109_|_$81
11. Eggs_$91_|_$88
12. Cotton lint_$69_|_$51
13. Tomatoes, Fresh_$62_|_$48
14. Hogs_$55_|_$60
15. Apples_$54_|_$37
16. Peanuts_$24_|_$19
17. Potatoes, Summer_$15_|_$16
18. Cottonseed_$12_|_$9
19. Barley_$12_|_$18
20. Grapes_$11_|_$9

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 234122491