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Convention to focus on agriculture industry challenges, solutions

“Growing for the Greater Good” is the theme of the 2016 annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


New display introduces travelers to state’s farm commodities

The Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee recently presented a colorful map to the Virginia Welcome Center on I-85 South.

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Farm Bureau trades baseball for farming on new set of cards

Trading cards, which feature farmers instead of baseball players, will make their debut at the State Fair of Virginia Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.


Virginia farmers come to aid of West Virginia flood victims

Farm Bureau producer members in Virginia have stepped up to provide assistance to victims affected by recent flooding in West Virginia.

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Farm Bureau applauds governor, legislature for ag budget

Members of the state’s largest farm organization are pleased with funding of agriculture-related items in the finalized state budget.

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Farm Bureau website following ag aspects of presidential race

The American Farm Bureau Federation has created a website, election16.fb.org, for anyone who wants to follow what presidential candidates are saying to attract the farm vote.

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Farm Bureau to emphasize ag issues at Jan. 28 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. 28.

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Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia representatives will join nearly 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers.

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Farm Bureau members will ask legislature to not support GMO label bills

Any legislation to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms belongs in Washington, not Richmond, say Farm Bureau members across Virginia.

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Farm Bureau, George Washington Regional Commission receive award for Meadow historic designation

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation recently received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation.

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County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellence of local programs

Farm Bureaus in the counties of Hanover, Nottoway, Powhatan, Russell, Stafford and Tazewell were recognized Dec. 2 by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for their work in educating the public and promoting agriculture and Farm Bureau.

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Farmers need state-inspected scales to measure up

When the state legislature convenes in January, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation will encourage lawmakers to keep the weights and measures program adequately funded.


Foundation helps small Virginia farms secure grant money

More than 250 agricultural businesses nationwide recently were awarded a total of $34 million to help expand their operations and create value-added products.


Technology helps farmers increase output, lower input costs

From big data to the agricultural drones that can gather that information, farmers are investing in technology to improve their operations.

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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.


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.


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.


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.