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WHEREAS, agriculture is the Commonwealth’s largest private sector 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, farmers in Virginia and elsewhere are rising to the challenge in feeding a growing world population that is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050; and
WHEREAS, Virginia farmers are on the cutting edge of utilizing new technologies to increase agricultural production and improving efficiency; and
WHEREAS, farmers are dedicated environmental stewards who conserve natural resources as they apply the very best management practices to protect their valuable land and water resources;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 19-25, 2019, as VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.