Virginia Sees Substantial Decrease in Farms

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- The number of farms in Virginia decreased during the last year. The latest survey shows Virginia now has 200 fewer farms.

Lareth May is the president of the Rockingham County Farm Bureau and he's also a farmer in Broadway.

May said the number of farms decreased because fewer people want to farm. He said many farmers are getting older and the younger generations don't want to take over. May said it's becoming a difficult lifestyle and isn't profitable for everyone.

Farming is a 24 hour job many people just don't want to do anymore.

"When I decide to retire, I don't have anyone to pass the farm on to,” said May, “It's just me and my brother farming. So once we retire, we're going to have to either sell the farm to someone else or sell it for development."

While the number of farms in Virginia decreased, the size of farms rose. May said this could mean many farmers bought other farms to expand their own land.

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