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Consumers, farmers reap rewards from CSAs

To ensure a consistent supply of seasonal local produce from spring through fall, it’s not too late to sign up for a CSA subscription.


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Gooden praises Virginia farmers for environmental stewardship

Over the past two years hundreds of Virginia farmers have taken proactive steps to protect water quality on their land.


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Changes to crop insurance ensure strong safety net for farmers

The USDA Risk Management Agency has updated factors that will ensure the prevented planting program provides a strong safety net for farmers.


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USDA announces enrollment period for safety net coverage in 2017

Producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill can begin signing contracts to enroll for the 2017 crop year.


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Farm transition planning workshops scheduled

Farm transition and estate planning workshops will be held Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.


Farm organizations urging Dannon to drop deceitful marketing

Food companies need to recognize that farmers’ sustainability goals can’t be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices.


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County ag development boards can address local issues

Bringing together people from different agricultural backgrounds gives agriculture a voice and strength within a county.


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Homegrown by Heroes helps veterans promote farm products

Farmers who are military veterans are getting help marketing agricultural products from a new branding program of the Farmer Veteran Coalition called Homegrown By Heroes.


Farmers spent close to $400 billion on 2014 production costs

U.S. farmers spent $397.6 billion on agricultural production in 2014, up 8.3 percent from 2013. That’s the largest increase since 2008, according to the Farm Production Expenditures Annual Summary, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


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Sustainable agriculture is both economical and ecological

Sustainable agriculture is about conserving resources. Mike Phillips, a Rockingham County beef cattle farmer and field technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, said he believes sustainable agriculture is not only about maintaining one’s resources, but also improving them—especially the soil.


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June is Great Outdoors Month: Get outdoors to a farm

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages all Virginians to get outdoors during June … at a farm.


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Livestock disaster plans can offer peace of mind

When storms hit, disaster plans help livestock farmers weather the damages. This past February, Wise County cattleman Danny Cantrell lost 13 calves because of 20-plus inches of snow combined with 20-below nighttime temperatures.


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Delegates who farm help educate their non-farming colleagues

Delegates who farm said that work affords them a unique understanding of legislation that stands to affect Virginia’s farmers and rural communities.


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Exfoliating bark adds interest to winter gardens

When winter removes much of the foliage from your garden, you can depend on colorful branches to provide visual interest, according to Augusta County horticulturalist Mark Viette.


Compact tractors pulling their weight

More farmers and other equipment operators are buying compact tractors instead of full-size machines these days. Joel Hudnall, owner of Turf’s Up Landscaping, said one of his most useful tractors has only 48 horsepower and a smaller frame.


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USDA announces funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.


Dairy production, herd size see notable increases

U.S. milk production is up nearly 4 percent from a year ago, and so is production per cow and the size of the nation’s collective dairy herd.


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Governor McAuliffe announces USDA funding for two programs connecting Virginia schools, farmers

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced that Virginia was selected for two USDA awards that will help connect Virginia agricultural producers with school systems statewide.


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Winter forage conferences to connect beef, forages and human health

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension to make the connection between healthy soils and high-quality proteins for human health in four Winter Forage Conferences January 20-23.


ATV user? Ride safely this winter—and all the time

Today’s ATV have come a long way from the original three-wheel models and are a lot safer to ride. But dealers and users remind new owners that safety is still every user’s responsibility.


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Moonshine production shifts from outlaws to entrepreneurs

Moonshine has come a long way, from the hills and hollows of Appalachia to the front and center of Virginia’s fast-growing artisanal spirits industry.


Conservation easements prove good option for farmland preservation

One of Virginia’s oldest land conservation options has proven to be a valuable tool for farmers and other landowners seeking to protect their property from development.


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Labor issues, institutional markets addressed at Farm to Table Conference

What needs to happen for Americans to value fresh, healthy, local food more? The annual Virginia Farm to Table Conference has become a meeting ground to discuss that question and many others.


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McAuliffe recognizes farmers for conservation and water quality measures

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday presented 10 farmers with 2014 Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Awards for implementing practices to protect water quality.


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Rockingham County farmers honored for achievements

Brent and Margaret Arbogast of Rockingham County have been named winners of the 2014 Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Achievement Award.