Ag Census: Va. Farms Getting Bigger

State’s Acreage Increases By 3 Percent From 2007 To 2012

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Posted: February 27, 2014

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.

HARRISONBURG — Jeff Slaven’s farm has been continuously growing in size since he started operating it in 1980. At that time, it was 250 acres; today, it’s more than 1,700.

A large percentage of…

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