Publication Details

The Economic Contribution of the Dairy Industry in Virginia

Date Published:

October 1, 2015

Publication Type:

Reports

Virginia’s dairy industry plays an important part in the Virginia economy. The industry includes not only dairy cattle farming and milk production but also closely connected milk processing such as fluid milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, and dried and condensed milk product manufacturing. Virginia’s dairy industry directly employed an estimated 7,975 workers in 2014 and accounted for an estimated $2.298 billion in total output, $451 million in value-added, and $159 million in labor income. When the multiplier effects resulting from payments to Virginia-based businesses and labor are counted, the economic contribution increases to 13,819 workers, $3.2 billion in total industry output, $953 million in value-added, and $452 million in labor income.