Agriculture

The Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources cluster is about the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources. The increased emphasis on producing clean energy is creating new opportunities for farmers to grow plants and grains that can be used in bio-fuels. Farm advisers apply research to solve problems and issues related to agriculture and agriculture-related processes. Agriculture is the largest industry in Virginia, providing more than 357,000 jobs, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.