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Farm Bureau joins opposition to EPA ‘clean water blueprint’

The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined a coalition of agricultural and other groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage land use under the guise of implementing the federal Clean Water Act.


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Convention to mark Farm Bureau’s 90th anniversary

Almost 800 farmers and agricultural dignitaries will help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation at its annual convention Dec. 1-3 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.


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Farm Bureau to share insights into agriculture during State Fair

State Fair of Virginia visitors stopping at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s booth will be able to get some hands-on learning about the state’s largest industry: agriculture.


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VFBF AgPAC endorses 115 candidates for General Assembly seats

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, the political action committee of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, announced Aug. 21 its endorsement of 28 candidates for the Virginia Senate and 87 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates.


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Congress, Farm Bureau demand answers from EPA

Army Corps of Engineers memoranda reveal dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a congressional committee and the American Farm Bureau Federation are calling on the EPA to abandon its controversial “Waters of the United States” rule.


Virginia’s crop is ripe and juicy for National Peach Month

Whip up a delicious peach cobbler or enjoy a scoop of peach ice cream—it’s National Peach Month! With peak harvest season just around the corner, Virginia peach growers have fruit ripe and ready for picking.


Price survey finds picnic foods still affordable

An informal survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation found consumers can enjoy a retail price cut on basic picnic food items this summer and feed 10 people for less than $4 per person.


With hurricane season in mind, make home repairs, preparations

Winds and rains from hurricanes or tropical storms can cause significant damage to personal property. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety encourages residents to strengthen the critical elements of their property to protect it from hurricane damage.


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Farmers seek balance in drone regulations

As the Federal Aviation Administration drafts final regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft in agriculture, farmers are seeking to protect privacy and reap the benefits of a new tool for precision agriculture.


Armed with science-based facts, farmers set to stand up for biotechnology

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging farmers across the country to speak out in favor of biotechnology through a just-launched advocacy campaign.


High school students apply ag coursework to cattle operation

Vocational agriculture classes are growing in popularity in many public school systems. Some Virginia high school ag programs have a greenhouse or give students the opportunity to raise small farm animals like goats.


Farm Bureau still supportive of FDA authority for GMO labeling

Citing a need for consistent and credible messaging, the American Farm Bureau Federation again voiced its support for legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.


Farm Bureau says waters rule would disregard exemptions for normal farming activities

Without dramatic alterations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule will result in potential Clean Water Act liability and federal permit requirements for a tremendous number of commonplace and essential farming and forestry practices nationwide, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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Fifth Agriculture Literacy Week will take place March 15-21

Volunteers from Virginia Farm Bureau and other agriculture organizations will read to children during the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program’s fifth annual Agriculture Literacy Week, March 15-21.


Cost-share funding helps farmers and environment

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has lobbied on behalf of its producer members this winter for adequate state funding of cost-share money for best management practices.


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Agriculture mediation services available for farm-related disputes

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Feb. 23 that agricultural mediation services are now available to the commonwealth’s agriculture community through a partnership with the North Carolina Agriculture Mediation Program, or NCAMP, at Western Carolina University.


Commodity contest will help connect children to agriculture

Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program will celebrate Agriculture Literacy Week concurrently with National Ag Week, March 15-21.


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Seed Survivor mobile display aims to educate about agriculture

Farm Bureau teamed up with Agrium Inc. to bring the Seed Survivor exhibit to public and private schools across the commonwealth.


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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.


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Biological farming conference set to open Jan. 30

Twenty-five sessions and 2,250 minutes of learning are all rolled into 37.5 hours of information at the 16th Annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference.


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Virginia forage conferences link animal and human health

Beef has periodically gotten a bad rap, but a speaker at an upcoming series of forage and grassland seminars believes beef is the real health food.


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Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in helping shape policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 11-14 at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


My Virginia Plate will be 2015 Virginia AITC book of year

Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program has named My Virginia Plate, written by Tammy Maxey and illustrated by Kevin Pitts and Greg Cravens, its 2015 Virginia AITC Book of the Year.


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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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GMO foods don’t need labeling, farmers say

On a recent WWBT TV 12 news segment, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation representatives explained that genetically modified crops are no different from conventional crops.


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Tractor usage raises money for Agriculture in the Classroom

Farmers in Mecklenburg County raised money for Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program this year by doing what they do best—farming.


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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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Pulaski aquaponics venture is finalist for recognition

Pulaski Grow, an aquaponics business established in Pulaski County to provide youth job training opportunities, is among four finalists for the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.


Farmers: Tax extenders help now, permanent solution needed

The U.S. Senate is expected to move forward with legislation that cleared the House of Representatives last week for retroactive tax extenders.


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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.


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Middle-size farms ‘going away,’ 2012 census figures show

The 2012 Census of Agriculture points to a “hollowing out” of the middle of American agriculture, according to Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist and deputy executive director for public policy.


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Goochland County farmer re-elected president of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

Wayne F. Pryor, a Hadensville beef, grain and timber producer, was elected Dec. 4 to a fifth two-year term as president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.


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McAuliffe: Agriculture, forestry essential to ‘the new Virginia economy’

Fog delayed his arrival, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was perfectly clear about his vision for agriculture’s and forestry’s role in Virginia’s economy.


Agriculture education need not wait until middle and high school

Effective education about agriculture begins at a young age, ideally in schools.


Virginia Tech president calls farmers ‘the ultimate entrepreneurs’

Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy D. Sands told several hundred Virginia farmers that the partnership between U.S. agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities “has never been stronger.”


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Cotton farmer: ‘We use the term ‘relentless’ to describe harvest

Shelley and Joe Barlow and their son, Joey, grow about 400 acres of cotton. On a particularly good day, they can harvest about 50 acres.


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Virginia tobacco growers weather changes; payments to cease

Virginia tobacco farmers have lived through enormous marketing changes in the past 30 years, and more change is coming. About the only constant has been that tobacco is still an extremely valuable crop that’s worth the time and effort to grow.


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Farm Bureau sees no help for farmers in immigration initiative

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest farm organization, has voiced displeasure with President Obama’s immigration reform initiative.


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Farm equipment on roads calls for driver cooperation

It’s harvest time for many Virginia farmers, and that means super-size farm vehicles are on the road in many communities. Virginia Farm Bureau is encouraging both farmers and motorists to exercise caution.


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Farming for the Next Generation is theme of Farm Bureau convention

More than 800 Farm Bureau producer members, voting delegates and guests from across Virginia will look toward the future of farming at this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


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McAuliffe announces council to tackle nutritional divide

To help bridge the nutritional divide in Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new council that will seek to eliminate childhood hunger and promote Virginia’s agriculture industry.


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Farm Bureau identifies critical issues for 2015

Farm Bureau producer members across Virginia are gearing up to discuss critical issues with state legislators in order to bring them up to speed for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly.


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Young agriculture professionals needed to fill bounty of jobs

There is an abundance of job opportunities in the food and agriculture fields and a national shortage of young professionals to fill them.


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Hummus company wants Virginia-grown chickpeas

Sabra Dipping Co. has ramped up production in the Richmond area to meet consumer demand for hummus. The company officially opened a major expansion of its Chesterfield County food plant in October.