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US farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation

US farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation
A majority of U.S. farmers and ranchers surveyed recently indicate biotechnology and genetically modified crops play an important role in farming more efficiently, according to findings released Dec. 15, 2016, by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and National Corn Growers Association.



Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Conservation, forestry and wildlife control have all taken huge hits in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s reductions to the state budget.




National survey, Virginia program noting farms’ conservation efforts

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting its second annual survey to measure the environmental benefits associated with conservation practices on agricultural land.



Resource Management Plans in place on more than 68,000 acres

Resource Management Plans in place on more than 68,000 acres
Virginia farm and forestland owners have put in place 326 Resource Management Plans that cover 68,147 acres, according to a report released Dec. 7 by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.



Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters

Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has reported that crab and oyster populations and the presence of underwater grasses have increased in the bay.



New USDA initiative expands conservation tools for farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new initiative that expands opportunities for farmers and ranchers to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program, a popular voluntary program that offers landowners tools to prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat and reduce nutrient runoff.



Record number of farmers applied for conservation cost-share funds

Almost 1,500 Virginia livestock farmers have signed up for state cost-share funding to install conservation practices on their farms.



Sustainable agriculture is both economical and ecological

Sustainable agriculture is not only about maintaining one’s resources, but also improving them—especially the soil.



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.



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