Virginia farmers will see an opportunity to improve their incomes under Wal-Mart Stores' plan to have more locally grown food in its U.S. stores.
Wal-Mart announced this month it hopes to double its sales of locally sourced produce in the U.S. by the end of 2015. Its goals is to have 9 percent of its produce come from local farms.
Tony Banks, a commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, says farmers should be aware that greater returns are possible from the increased demand.
Some Wal-Mart stores in the state already carry Virginia peanuts and other local foods.