Loudoun County, VA
Bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Potomac River, Loudoun is widely known for its beautiful scenery, rich history and strong sense of community. It is home to an estimated 252,690 (2006) people. It is the third most populous jurisdiction behind Fairfax and Prince William counties. Loudoun County is currently ranked 20th out of 95 Counties in Virginia in total agricultural sales.
Loudoun County’s agriculture maintains a continued presence of row crops (corn, wheat, beans) with a notable amount of acreage. Statewide, Loudoun County ranks #1 in berry and hay production, 3rd in the state in acres planted in Christmas trees, 11th in the state in sheep and lamb populations and 14th in the size of cattle herd, with over 34,000.
Agricultural Acreage in 2007: 142,452 acres
Number of Farms: 1,427
Number of Farm Markets: 7
Top three to five Agricultural Products:
Horses, cattle, hay, sheep and Christmas trees.
Total Local Economic Contribution of Agriculture:
- Revenue from agriculture: $33,807,000
- Revenue per farm average $23,691
- Crop sales $19,518,000 (58%)
- Livestock Sales $14,288,000 (42%)
Other Farm-Related Products or Activities in the County: Wineries, Christmas trees, & agri-tourism
Agricultural Lands protected: 43,836 (Source: Piedmont Environmental Council 2009)
Principal Agricultural Contacts:
Department of Economic Development
Kellie Boles, Agricultural Development Officer
Rural Resources Coordinator
Loudon Soil and Water Conservation District
Chris Van Vlack