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

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