Only 45 percent of Virginia farmers have responded to the Census of Agriculture: But there’s still time

Farmers and ranchers still have time to respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants available for Virginia agricultural interests

Groups seeking to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit proposals for grants up to $60,000 per project.


USDA expands flexibility, encourages program integration in SNAP administration

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service issued national program guidance that gives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) state operators new flexibility to make their operations more efficient while improving customer service.


McAuliffe announces $481,410 in USDA New Specialty Crop Block Grants for Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced an award of $481,410.50 in grant funding for 10 agriculture-related projects from the USDA.


Virginia farmers storing more wheat, barley, oats than last year

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service September Grain Stocks report shows more Virginia wheat, barley and oat stocks.


Census of Agriculture: Gold standard for reliable information

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will mail census forms to farmers in about eight weeks.


Tobacco remains Virginia’s top organic commodity

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2016 Certified Organic Production Report today from the survey conducted earlier this year.


Rising farm income should benefit Virginia farmers

Farm profits are expected to increase in 2017 following three years of decline, according to the USDA. Virginia farmers stand to benefit.


Virginia cotton forecast up 90 percent from 2016

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service September Crop Production report shows large increases in projected yields for cotton and peanuts.


USDA to measure small grains production with fall 2017 surveys

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting two surveys critical to small grains producers around the country.


Crop report stirs up grain market speculation

The USDA’s most recent monthly crop production report stirred up the grain markets.


National Farmers Market Week celebrates growing connection between farmers and consumers

The USDA National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 6-12, will celebrate the vital role markets play in supporting local economies.


Virginia farmers planting more cotton, peanuts

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the latest USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks reports. 


USDA grant to support Virginia farm-to-school programs

A USDA farm-to-school grant will support efforts of school nutrition programs to serve locally grown-and-raised food in school cafeterias.


USDA grant aimed at improving summer food security

A $935,000 grant from the USDA Food Nutrition Service will provide approximately 9,000 students and their families with increased food security.


Farm leaders pleased with restoration of NASS funding

The deal Congress struck to keep the federal government funded through Sept. 30 restored funding to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Virginia agriculture receives $95 million budget deal

The bill Congress passed last week to fund the government through Sept. 30 restored $95 million to the USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

Dorothy McAuliffe on USDA action on child nutrition

The USDA will delay full implementation of the nutrition standards passed into law by the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Virginia farmers intend to plant more soybeans, less corn this year

The USDA released its Planting Intentions report showing Virginia farmers intend to plant more soybeans, but less corn this year.

USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has announced a significant increase in the number of accredited certified organic farms.

USDA to measure financial well-being of dairy farmers

Representatives of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service are visiting dairy farms across the nation in January.


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.

Survey of Virginia cattle farms coming in January

In January the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey about 920 cattle operations in Virginia to provide an up-to-date measure of cattle inventories.