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Timber is state’s top agricultural resource

[Virginia] Timber remains by far the highest-value agricultural natural resource harvested in Virginia, according to a new Department of Forestry report. Raw timber is harvested annually in Virginia at a value of about $928 million. That compares with an annual value of $732 million in poultry and eggs and $386 million in field crops. The report said the forestry industry employed more people than any manufacturing sector, though it has lost jobs over the past five years. Virginia’s forests also annually store 4.68 million tons of carbon and remove 17.16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes

www.southernsustainableforests.org

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