Augusta Free Press

Northam announces agriculture, forestry policy plan

Dr. Ralph Northam unveiled his new agriculture and forestry policy plan that will continue championing the growth of Virginia’s number one private industry as part of his vision for an economy that will create opportunities for all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they live.

This is Northam’s14th policy rollout of his gubernatorial campaign.

“I grew up on my family’s farm on the Eastern Shore – that experience shaped me and the values I learned there of hard work and community still guide my life today,” said Northam. “We need to ensure farms are able to not just survive, but thrive as part of a robust agricultural economy in Virginia. As governor, I’ll be a champion for our commonwealth’s original industry.”

The McAuliffe–Northam administration oversaw a 30% increase in the economic impact of Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries, which contribute over $91 billion to Virginia’s economy, and employ over 442,000 Virginians.  As governor, Ralph plans to continue efforts to support this key industry’s growth by focusing on strategic economic development and global trade, including:

Learn more about the Northam agriculture and forestry policy plan here.