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State, federal grant money available to farmers

State, federal grant money available to farmers
Two of the latest grant opportunities for Virginia farmers and agribusiness operators are the Virginia Farm Business Development Program, announced last fall, and a federal local foods and farmers’ market grant program.



Got a teen driver? Smart Start Program can help save money

Got a teen driver? Smart Start Program can help save money

Help your teenage driver get off to a road-smart start—and save money, too—by enrolling in Virginia Farm Bureau’s Smart Start Program.




Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades

Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades
Farm income is down, according to Dr. Bob Young, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Young spoke at the organization’s Jan. 8-11 annual convention.



Farm leaders pleased with Perdue pick as agriculture secretary

Farm leaders pleased with Perdue pick as agriculture secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his secretary of agriculture, and leaders of the nation’s and state’s largest agricultural organizations are pleased with that pick.



Hundreds of volunteers will visit schools during Agriculture Literacy Week

Hundreds of volunteers will visit schools during Agriculture Literacy Week
Every spring, as many as 1,000 volunteers visit Virginia classrooms and read books about agriculture to more than 50,000 children.



Outback extraordinaire headlines Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park

Outback extraordinaire headlines Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park
Outback horseman extraordinaire Guy McLean will perform and hold clinics at the third annual Virginia Hose Festival March 24-26 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.



New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy

New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy
Virginia’s new secretary of agriculture and forestry has rural roots, and he’s determined to help boost the bottom line of the state’s farm and forest producers.



Young Farmers take top honors at national convention

Young Farmers take top honors at national convention
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers once again took top honors Jan. 9 at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.



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.



USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications

USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has announced a significant increase in the number of accredited certified organic farm operations for 2014 and 2015.



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