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Loan repayment program to help veterinarians in underserved areas

Loan repayment program to help veterinarians in underserved areas
Due to a continuing shortage of large animal veterinarians in rural areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking nominations for its Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program.

New Henry County feed mill to create 32 new jobs

The new Performance Livestock and Feed Co. production facility in Henry County will create jobs and help area grain producers as well.

Meat Matters: Animal Agriculture Alliance debuts campaign

The Animal Agriculture Alliance unveiled on Feb. 1 a campaign focused on promoting the role of meat and poultry in a healthy, balanced diet. The Meat Matters initiative counters claims made by activist groups about the nutritional value of animal protein, as well as the sustainability of meat and poultry production.

Study finds cars, not cows, are greater contributors to greenhouse gas emissions

A recently published white paper, Livestock's Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction, sheds new light on the role of livestock production in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Farmers take steps to keep cattle comfortable in summer heat

Many welcome with open arms the summer’s longer days and warmer temperatures. But those temperatures can be a source of stress for people and animals—including cattle. That’s why farmers take extra care to ensure their animals stay cool and comfortable during the summer months.

State Fair bringing back Sale of Champions to benefit youth livestock activities

After several years on hiatus, the Youth Livestock Sale of Champions will return to this year’s State Fair of Virginia at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3.

Lawsuit regarding additional regulation of large livestock farms dismissed

A circuit court judge in Richmond rejected on July 9 a lawsuit aimed at declaring a cow a fertilizer applicator.

Governor’s bond package includes VT livestock, poultry research facilities

Virginia’s agriculture community had reason for a pre-holiday celebration when Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9 that will be part of his Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.

Coyote damage control program making a difference

In the past 18 months, Virginia has seen a drop in the number of livestock animals killed by coyotes on Virginia farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division.

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