Virginia is blessed with vast natural resources and fertile lands. Since the founding of Jamestown in 1607, Virginians have benefited from our bountiful resources to provide the most basic of necessities, food and shelter. And from our very founding, Virginia agricultural products have always been commercially desired throughout the world.
As Virginia’s first industries, agriculture and forestry are cornerstones of the Virginia economy. Together, they account for over $91 billion to Virginia’s GDP and employ over 440,000 Virginians. This represents approximately 8 percent of Virginia’s workforce. In 2015, the total value-added impact to Virginia’s economy was more than $45 billion, accounting for 9.5 percent of the state’s GDP.
As governor, Ed Gillespie will champion Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries, prioritizing efforts to expand exports and open new markets for Virginia products. Building on his promise to get Virginia growing again, Ed will support these crucial industries with pro-growth, pro-entrepreneur policies.