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Farmers and food banks reaping rewards from tax credit

Farmers and food banks reaping rewards from tax credit
Virginia farmers and food banks alike are reaping the benefits of the Food Crops Donation Tax Credit, which makes fresh, nutritious food available to residents served by seven regional food banks.



Farmers’ share of food dollar reaches historic low

Farmers’ share of food dollar reaches historic low
The American farmer’s share of the food dollar has reached historic lows.



Winter wheat growers optimistic heading into harvest

Winter wheat growers optimistic heading into harvest
As some Virginia grain farmers wait for good spring weather to plant their crops, winter wheat growers are just a few weeks from harvesting theirs.



Unique orchid farm blooms in Central Virginia

Unique orchid farm blooms in Central Virginia
A unique greenhouse on 18 acres in Powhatan County houses more than 13,000 orchids; 8,000 of which are in “orchid daycare.”



Organizations unite to stem tide of urban sprawl

Organizations unite to stem tide of urban sprawl
As urban sprawl expands westward into Loudoun County’s farm fields and pastureland, farmers and other organizations are working to stem the tide.



Feedback can help shape farm-to-school markets

Feedback can help shape farm-to-school markets
The Virginia Department of Education has received a grant to further develop the Virginia Farm to School Program to increase the number of farmers providing food for school lunches.



Farmers watching farm bill progress intently

Farmers watching farm bill progress intently
The nation’s top farm legislation is up for renewal this year. But delays in producing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, in addition to four years of declining crop prices, have many farmers concerned.



Specialist tells farmers, ‘We have to do more’

Specialist tells farmers, ‘We have to do more’
When it comes to forming opinions on food, today’s consumers are at least a little confused, noted Dr. Paige Pratt, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation grassroots development specialist.



Farmers seeking flexibility when transporting livestock

Farmers seeking flexibility when transporting livestock
Farmers hauling livestock should not be subject to the same laws as truckers transporting boxes of toilet paper.



State’s largest farm group looking forward to working with new ag commissioner

State’s largest farm group looking forward to working with new ag commissioner
Dr. Jewel Bronaugh was named Virginia’s 16th commissioner of agriculture by Gov. Ralph S. Northam on April 9.



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