Value of Va. farm products grows 29 percent

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The value of Virginia farm products grew by 29 percent from 2007 to 2012.

That's one of the preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 Census of Agriculture. Virginia agriculture officials and Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the findings Monday.

According to the report, the value of Virginia products grew to $3.8 billion in 2012 while the average value of products sold per farm increased by one-third over the five-year period, to $81,540.

The loss of farm land also was reversed during that period. Farm land increased by 3 percent, to 8.3 million acres. But the number of farms decreased by 3 percent, which means Virginia farms are getting bigger.

Meanwhile, the average age of farmers increased by more than a year to 59-and-a-half.

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