Cattle pick at grain thrown down by Slaven family farmhand and Fort Defiance senior Dylan Bennett Wednesday near Burketown. The results of a new USDA agriculture census show the number of farms in Virginia has decreased, but farmland has increased. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
The Slaven family farms roughly 1,700 acres near Burketown, 250 of which they have operated since 1980. The farm has grown drastically over the past 30 years, consistent with a trend reported in a new USDA agriculture census for Virginia.