"The farming industry is not only a foundational pillar to our economy, it is also part of the very fabric of our lives in the Fourth District of Virginia," said Congressman Forbes. "Our region's rich agricultural heritage is a treasure to the people of the Fourth District as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will continue to stand up in support of our nation's agricultural producers. It is an honor to receive this award."
According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia has over 46,000 farms, with nearly 90% of those being owned and operated by individuals or families. The agriculture industry as an economic impact of $52 billion annually and provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and, together with agriculture and forestry, is Virginia's number one industry.
The Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national, and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character.
Congressman Forbes also received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for the 110th, 111th, and 112th Congress, and regularly meets with his Farmers Advisory Board, a group of various members of the agriculture community, to discuss the needs and goals of the farm community in the Fourth Congressional District. Read more about Congressman Forbes' work on agricultural issues, here.