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Size and weight matter when moving farm products on Virginia’s roads

When using a large truck to move farm products, it’s important to know size and weight limits on state and federal roads.

New guide offers forestland management information

A new guide has been published to help farmers and timber owners with limited resources to manage their land economically.

USDA holds roundtable at Farm Bureau on new producer loan opportunities

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced May 23 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a new microloan program to help small and family farm operations progress through their start-up years.

Wineries welcoming tourists with an interest in Virginia’s Civil War sites

Every summer thousands of tourists visit Virginia’s Civil War battlefields. Others like to drive through the state’s scenic countryside and taste fine wines.

Online map depicts worst drought for U.S. agriculture since 1988

While the central United States is experiencing its worst drought in decades, it wouldn’t be fair to compare it to droughts of the 1950s or the Dust Bowl years.

Governor: Va. agricultural exports reached record high in 2011

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on March 13 that the commonwealth exported a record $2.35 billion in agricultural products in 2011, an increase of more than 6 percent from 2010 and more than 2 percent from 2009.

Fall vegetable transplants offer new market for small farmers

Growing fall vegetable starter plants is a virtually untapped market for smaller-scale Virginia farmers.

USDA launches online rural tax resource

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency has announced the availability of a new website called Rural Tax Education at The site was created to provide farmers and ranchers with information on agriculture-related income and self-employment tax issues.

Va. farm and forestry exports up in 2011, secretary says

Virginia agricultural exports are up 5 percent from 2010, and that figure could increase even more before the end of the year, said Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry.

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