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Training scheduled for farm-to-restaurant marketing

Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer two training events in November for farmers interested in making products accessible and appealing to restaurateurs.

Corn, soybean producers cautiously optimistic about harvest

Despite a dry August and drenching rains from a hurricane, Virginia corn growers are expecting a good crop this year, part of a possible record corn crop nationwide.

Study finds agriculture is still a large part of Fauquier economy

According to a recent economic impact study, Fauquier County farmland is serving as a barrier against sprawling development that characterizes parts of adjacent counties.

Organizers plant seeds for Virginia Farmer Veteran Coalition chapter

The Farmer Veteran Coalition of America, which helps re-train veterans to become farmers, is forming a chapter in Virginia as part of a nationwide expansion.

Virginia launches program to honor longtime family forests

Virginia has launched the nation’s first Century Forest Program designed to honor and recognize families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years.

In a contentious election year, rural voters remain engaged

In this year’s highly contentious presidential race, very little has been said about rural voters or rural issues. But political experts believe the rural vote is still important, particularly in Congressional and state races.

Presidential candidates weigh in on agricultural issues

Both major-party presidential nominees have answered some of U.S. farmers’ burning questions related to policies affecting agriculture.

Matthew mucked up some farms’ harvests over weekend

Virginia has seen far more damaging fall storms than Hurricane Matthew. But on Oct. 8 and 9 that storm dealt some farms significant damage and caused harvest delays in some parts of the state.

Cost-share funding helps both farmers and environment

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has lobbied on behalf of its producer members this winter for adequate state funding of cost-share money for best management practices.

Agriculture mediation services now available for farm-related disputes

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Feb. 23 that agricultural mediation services are now available to the commonwealth’s agriculture community through a partnership with the North Carolina Agriculture Mediation Program, or NCAMP, at Western Carolina University. 

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