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Benchmark data from NASS helps turn the wheels of agriculture

Benchmark data from NASS helps turn the wheels of agriculture
What begins as a conversation with a farmer sometimes ends up as timely, invaluable data analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.



Virginia farmers will help shape national Farm Bureau policies at annual convention

Virginia farmers will help shape national Farm Bureau policies at annual convention
Seven delegates and two alternates from Virginia Farm Bureau Federation will join Farm Bureau producer members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.



New trade agreement to help Virginia farmers

New trade agreement to help Virginia farmers
On Nov. 30 the revision of a 24-year-old pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, was agreed upon by the three countries.



Soggy fields have led to ongoing harvest in 2018

Soggy fields have led to ongoing harvest in 2018
Most Virginia row crops typically are harvested by Thanksgiving, but a record rainy spring and summer has led to one of the longest harvest seasons in recent memory.



Farm Bureau applauds new clean water rule proposal signed by EPA

Farm Bureau applauds new clean water rule proposal signed by EPA
State Farm Bureau presidents from across the nation attended a Dec. 11 event at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters to witness the signing of the proposed Clean Water Rule.



New farm bill provides hope for Virginia farmers

New farm bill provides hope for Virginia farmers
The 2018 Farm Bill is set to become law, and President Trump is expected to sign it this afternoon.



Virginia turkey production is up this year

Virginia turkey production is up this year
The number of turkeys raised in Virginia is expected to total 17 million this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 16,800 last year, carving out a plentiful market of local birds available for the holiday table.



Despite slight cost increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain

Despite slight cost increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.23 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.



Forests have huge impact on Virginia agriculture

Forests have huge impact on Virginia agriculture
Virginia forests provided $21 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. More than 62 percent of the commonwealth qualifies as forestland, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.



Rockingham County farmer Matt Lohr named NRCS chief

Rockingham County farmer Matt Lohr named NRCS chief
Rockingham County farmer Matt Lohr has been appointed to serve as chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.



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