Monday, December 17, 2012

Economic Development looking to capitalize on booming rural economy

Loudoun County’s Rural Business Division presented a new strategy for the rural economy to the county’s Economic Development Commission.

The new strategy identified the top ten agricultural industry sectors in Loudoun County including beef cattle, equine, sheep, goats, sod, hay, Christmas trees, nursery products, and fruits and vegetables.

Agriculture is Virginia's largest industry and Loudoun County is first in several categories including number one in number of horses, number of wineries and in acres of sod harvested. The county also produces the second most grapes in the state, is fourth and fifth in Christmas tree sales and in hay and other crops respectively.

The purpose of the new strategy is to provide a voice for rural business to aid growth and prosperity. More here.

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