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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.



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.



FDA to examine food labels that influence consumer decisions

FDA to examine food labels that influence consumer decisions
Consumers often make food purchases based on labels, which can affect their health.



Produce farmers can schedule free on-farm review to determine readiness for Produce Safety Rule

Produce farmers can schedule free on-farm review to determine readiness for Produce Safety Rule
Changes are coming in the way farmers grow, pack, hold and distribute ready-to-eat produce, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering producers the opportunity for a free, on-farm readiness review.



Farm groups step up support of new farm bill

Farm groups step up support of new farm bill
The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined 15 other agriculture organizations urging House and Senate agriculture leaders to complete the federal farm bill by the end of the year.



Farmers urged to keep the pressure on

Farmers urged to keep the pressure on
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had a successful year in 2018, achieving membership growth and financial gains, said Wayne F. Pryor, VFBF president. But there are plenty of political challenges ahead, and it’s time for Farm Bureau members to step up their contacts with legislators, Pryor added.



2018 Farm Bill advances with Senate vote

2018 Farm Bill advances with Senate vote
The newest federal farm bill is closer to becoming reality following a bipartisan vote on June 28 that approved the Senate version.



Consumers, farmers stand to benefit from 2018 Farm Bill

Consumers, farmers stand to benefit from 2018 Farm Bill
Progress on the upcoming farm bill is critical to both farmers and food assistance program participants.



Conservation initiatives will continue with new farm bill

Conservation initiatives will continue with new farm bill
Farm bills provide crop insurance and nutritional assistance, but they also play a vital role in helping farmers conserve natural resources.



Trump offers agriculture assistance package as temporary relief for farmers

Trump offers agriculture assistance package as temporary relief for farmers
A recently announced agricultural assistance package to help farmers caught in the crossfire of a tariff war is a welcome relief.



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