Fields of Gold Farm Trail awarded $98,625 USDA Rural Development Grant

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will receive a $98,625 grant from USDA Rural Development to provide technical assistance.

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USDA invests $688,289 to support renewable energy, energy efficiency

The USDA Rural Development office in Virginia announced $688,289 in grants for 11 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects statewide.


Virginia receives USDA grants for telemedicine

Virginia will receive more than $587,000 in Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants through the USDA to improve rural health care services.


USDA Rural Development marks affordable housing in Rockingham County

USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez today in Rockingham County celebrated affordable rural housing opportunities.


USDA unveils new improvement to streamline crop reporting

A streamlined program of the USDA that will allow farmers and ranchers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency.


Warner, Kaine on Senate vote to repeal USDA catfish inspection program

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine comment after the Senate voted 55-43 to repeal the USDA catfish inspection program that is harmful to Virginia seafood producers.


USDA seeks feedback from growers

During the next several weeks, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct two major mid-year surveys.

Heat meats properly to ensure a safe cookout

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service gets lots of questions about safe grilling during the spring and summer months.


Survey: Spike in bee deaths could impact economy

A survey released this week shows a sharp increase in the death of American honey bees.

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Virginia wheat forecast down 16 percent from last year

Virginia farmers expect to harvest 11.7 million bushels of winter wheat in 2016 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


USDA unveils urban agriculture toolkit for urban farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs

The USDA has unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by the agency’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs.

New loans for portable farm storage and handling equipment

The USDA is providing a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment.


USDA expands safety net for dairy operations

Dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program can update their production history when an eligible family member joins.

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School loan repayment awards for veterinarians serving in shortage areas who meet eligibility standards

The USDA is accepting applications for loan repayment grants for veterinarians willing to serve in parts of Virginia with shortages of vets.


USDA report: Pesticide residues on food well below amounts dangerous to humans

Any pesticide chemical residue found on samples of various foods tested by the USDA fell below levels that could pose a safety risk.


Latest dietary guidelines: Healthy eating patterns vital to good health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services released its most recent dietary guidelines.


USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants available for Virginia agricultural interests

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting applications for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant funding.


USDA, US Chamber foundation to promote ag jobs to veterans

The USDA announced a joint agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for military veterans and their spouses.


Area businesses awarded clean energy grant

The USDA Virginia Rural Development office announced $107,500 in clean energy grants to help seven rural Virginia businesses and one individual.

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Avoid a food safety penalty this Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is already the most-watched television program in the United States, and this year’s 50th game is sure to take the experience to a whole new level.


Virginia corn yields were good in 2015, though acreage was down

Virginia corn growers had good weather and great yields in 2015, according to the latest crop production estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Virginia receives funds for food assistance for senior citizens

A federal appropriation of $279,488 will allow 5,000 low-income, senior Virginians to receive a monthly allotment of food from the USDA.

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Virginia localities in Tidewater and Southside receive federal disaster declarations

The USDA has issued primary disaster designations for four Virginia counties due to losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred Sept. 24-Oct. 6.


Huisken Meat Co. recalls beef products: Possible contamination

Huisken Meat Co., a Sauk Rapids, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,568 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous wood materials.


Farm profits down as 2015 ends

America’s farmers probably will see lower profits this year, according to the latest forecast by the USDA Economic Research Service.

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USDA Rural Development invests $18 million at Bridgewater College

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office in Virginia announced today an $18 million low-interest loan for Bridgewater College that will be used to renovate three residence halls.


USDA explains why food safety should be at the top of all of our holiday lists

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The next few weeks are full of good cheer and plenty of food.


New multi-state specialty crop grants available for Virginia producers

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has selected 18 state departments of agriculture to participate in the 2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP).


Funding available for forestry practices on Virginia lands

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now making $470,000 available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help increase adoption of forestry practices statewide.

Warner, Kaine announce nearly $3 million in USDA funding to support Virginia agriculture

Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,996,643 in grant funding to small businesses throughout Virginia. Today’s funding will support operations and marketing at local farms, ranches, wineries and other product-based small businesses that contribute to the agricultural industry in Virginia.

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Virginia, Maryland awarded nearly $5 million in federal funds to install ethanol pumps

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia, in partnership with Maryland, was selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant totaling nearly $5 million to install ethanol refueling infrastructure in Virginia.


USDA invests $63 million to support renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).