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WHEREAS, each year Virginia celebrates Agriculture Week starting the first day of spring, and the nation celebrates as a whole on March 20; and
WHEREAS, agriculture is the Commonwealth’s largest industry, with an economic impact of $70 billion annually and employment of more than 334,000 people; and
WHEREAS, on average, a Virginia farmer produces enough food to feed his or her own family and to feed 165 additional people each year; and
WHEREAS, the world’s population is projected to reach 10 billion people by the year 2050, and farmers will face tremendous challenges in feeding the growing population; and
WHEREAS, Virginia farmers are already rising to the challenge by utilizing new technologies to increase agricultural production, improve efficiency, and expand their world markets; and
WHEREAS, farmers are the planet’s original environmental stewards, and they continue to apply the very best practices to protect valuable land and water resources;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 18-24, 2018, as VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.