Tag: conservation

Ryan Blosser

Local soil health champions receive conservation awards

Bridgewater brothers Kevin and Steve Craun and Augusta County farmer Ryan Blosser recently received the fourth annual Carl G. Luebben Soil Health and Water Quality Awards for their contributions to conservation in the Commonwealth.


Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed an amendment to nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products.

New USDA initiative expands conservation tools for farmers

The USDA has announced a new initiative that expands opportunities for farmers and ranchers to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Opportunities to enroll in popular conservation programs

Tthe USDA will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program.


Free conservation stewardship workshops available for female landowners

Women who own or manage farm and forest land in Fauquier and Loudoun can participate in workshops focused on women in agriculture.

National survey, Virginia program noting farms’ conservation efforts

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting its second annual survey to measure the environmental benefits associated with conservation practices on agricultural land.

Virginia Tech’s John Munsell awarded $1.4 million for agroforestry projects

John Munsell has been awarded $1.4 million to expand uses of agroforestry to enhance farm and forest production while achieving strategic conservation goals.

Farm Bureau asking legislators to support funds for conservation practices

Each year, Virginia farmers implement practices on their farms that help protect the environment and the Chesapeake Bay. Those practices are not cheap, and farmers often rely on state or federal cost-share programs to help pay for the measures. Virginia Farm Bureau Federation leaders will again urge state legislators to adequately fund the state’s Agriculture Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program to help farmers with those expenses.

Valley Conservation Council

Valley Conservation Council teams up with local artist for educational, fundraising series

Artist Jennet Inglis and Valley Conservation Council are teaming up to produce a three part series of fundraising and educational events that link the honoring of nature in fine art with scientific conservation practices.

james river association

James River Association launches “How do you River?” awareness, conservation campaign

How do you River? That’s the question at the center of a new campaign that launched today from the James River Association, the Virginia organization dedicated to promoting the protection and enjoyment of America’s Founding River.

virginia department of forestry

New funding available for forestry practices on Virginia lands

Well-managed, productive forests offer numerous conservation benefits, but the long growth cycle of trees can present a financial challenge for landowners seeking to retain working forestlands.

USDA reminds farmers to certify conservation compliance by June 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, AD-1026.

albemarle county

Albemarle County announces acquisition of conservation easements program FY13-14 class results

Albemarle County’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program recently closed on the last two applicants in the FY13-14 class.

McAuliffe administration plans to identify, conserve, protect 1,000 Virginia Treasures by end of term

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of Virginia Treasures, the Commonwealth’s new strategy for conserving land and expanding access to public outdoor recreation.

USDA reminds farmers to certify conservation compliance by June 1 deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Better living through conservation genetics

Traditionally, conservation biologists have relied on field observation and sample and statistical analysis to help them understand the dynamics behind species loss.

virginia department of forestry

Governor McAuliffe announces $1.3 million from USDA to Department of Forestry

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that a Virginia Department of Forestry resource conservation project is among 110 high-impact projects nationwide set to receive more than $370 million through the USDA.

Warner, Kaine applaud $18M in USDA funding for Chesapeake Bay projects

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement that Virginia projects will receive over $18 million for Chesapeake Bay restoration.

Governor McAuliffe announces $1.5 million in farmland preservation grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the recipients of fiscal year 2015 farmland preservation grants. Six localities have been awarded more than $1,581,000 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Natural Bridge Zoo takes top spot on list of Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants

In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, released today its list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants for 2014.

virginia farm bureau

Farm Bureau to emphasize agriculture issues at Jan. 29 Legislative Day

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation volunteer leaders will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to the commonwealth’s farmers during the organization’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 29.

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.

A brief history of agricultural time

Agricultural methods over the past 12,000 years have been responsible for two-thirds of our excess greenhouse gases, essentially mining soil carbon and converting it to carbon dioxide and methane, beginning a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel.