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Agri-Business

Agriculture Profile*

Land

  • 456 farms (438 farms in 1997, up 4%)
  • 84,691 acres of land in farms (78,446 acres in 1997, up 8%)
  • 186 acres is average size of farm (179 acres in 1997, up 4%)
  • Market Value of Production, average per farm: $16,590 ($15,691 in 1997, up 6%)
  • Market Value of Production: $7,565,000 ($6,872,000 in 1997, up 10%)
  • Crop sales accounted for $4,862,000 of the total value
  • Livestock sales accounted for $2,703,000 of the total value

Government Payments

  • $224,000 ($166,000 in 1997, up 35%)
  • Government Payments, average per farm receiving payments: $2,761 ($3,210 in 1997 down 14%)

Major Crops

  • Hay and forages
  • Tree fruit – apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries
  • Agronomic crops – corn, soybeans, small grains
  • Vineyards
  • Greenhouses – bedding plants, perennials
  • Nurseries – ornamentals, fruit
  • Vegetables – pumpkins, market produce

Fruit Industry

Nelson County ranks third in apple production, fifth in grape production in Virginia (2006)

  • 12 orchards
  • 14 vineyards: produced 400 tons on 110 bearing acres
  • 10 wineries
  • 3 breweries
  • 1 single malt Scottish style whisky distillery
  • 13,313 pounds of apples produced in 2006 -

Livestock (2006)

Successful Operations – cow/calf farms, purebred beef breeding, equine training and riding

  • 19,700 cattle and calves and beef cattle
  • 732 goats
  • 520 layers  – 20 weeks old and older
  • 484 horses and ponies
  • 1200 sheep and lambs
  • 1400 hogs

Other Farm Enterprises

  • Landscape Design and Installation
  • Garden Centers
  • Farm Markets
  • Pick Your Own Berries
  • Herbs and Herb Products
  • Tree and Lawn Care
  • Irrigation Services
  • Tissue Culture and Plant Propagation

Forestry

Two-thirds of the county is forested: 233,613 acres

*Data: 2002 Census


Contact Information

Contact Us

Physical Address
8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy.
Lovingston, VA 22949
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 636
Lovingston, VA 22949
Contact
Maureen A. Kelley | Director
434-263-7015
fax: 434-263-6823