What We Do


The Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry is the voice of two of Virginia’s largest industries.  According to a 2017 economic impact study conducted by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, agriculture and forestry have a combined economic impact of $91 billion annually.  Agriculture generates more than $70 billion per annum, while forestry induces over $21 billion. The industries also provided nearly 450,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. 

The Secretariat oversees and provides policy guidance to three agencies – the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF), and the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC). Additionally, the Secretariat provides leadership to special projects and various appointment industry boards and committees. 

The Secretariat also provides leadership of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), which is administered by VDACS, as well as the Governor’s agricultural export initiative, which seeks to increase exports of Virginia’s agricultural and forest product exports into the global marketplace and make the Commonwealth the East Coast capital of agricultural exports.

In addition to agencies, the Secretariat provides general oversight of the Virginia Wine Board, the Virginia Agricultural Council, and the Virginia Marine Products Board.



Documents:

Overview of the Governor's Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development Fund pdf document

The Economic Impacts of Agriculture and Forest Industries in Virginia pdf document

2017 Virginia Agricultural facts and figures pdf document

 



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