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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.



Excess moisture affecting crop production

Excess moisture affecting crop production
Topsoil moisture levels have been higher than normal throughout this year’s harvest season and remain high.



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.



Farm Bureau gearing up to drive agriculture forward at convention

Farm Bureau gearing up to drive agriculture forward at convention
A wide variety of speakers at this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention will be steering the event’s Driving Agriculture Forward theme.



When consumers dine out more, farmers see less of their food dollars

When consumers dine out more, farmers see less of their food dollars
Americans are spending more on food, and they’re dining out more. One consequence of that, other than leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, is that farmers are seeing less of each consumer food dollar.



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.



Award-winning author to speak at Farm Bureau convention

Award-winning author to speak at Farm Bureau convention
Best-selling author Michele Payn will share excerpts from her latest book, Food Truths from Farm to Table, on Nov. 27 during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.



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