Dry Weather Hits Virginia’s Agriculture Industry Hard This Year
Virginia’s agriculture industry was hit hard by this summer’s hot and dry weather. Charles Fishburne reports.
The reports are preliminary, but not good.
Lidholme: Corn down 59%, soybeans 37%, peanuts 19% and alfalfa, hay and cotton down 17% each.
Elaine Lidholme, Department of Agriculture, says it’s a 55 billion dollar a year industry, and when Virginia farmers are hurt, everybody hurts.
Lidholme: Agriculture is our largest industry in the state, so for agriculture to be down by these kind of percentages is going to have a ripple effect throughout the whole economy.
Other crops were hurt as well, although the final figures are not in yet. Elaine says, "Blame the bad weather."
Lidholme: Crops just didn't stand a chance this year.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News