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Loudoun board takes steps to consider partial funding of conservation easements

Loudoun board takes steps to consider partial funding of conservation easements
Preserving Loudoun County’s rural areas is at the heart of a recent move by county supervisors.



Everyone can benefit from soil and water conservation districts

Everyone can benefit from soil and water conservation districts
The state’s 47 soil and water conservation districts will use $7.2 million this fiscal year to help Virginians implement conservation practices.



Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier

Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier
On Jan. 9 the U.S. Department of Agriculture began allowing farmers and ranchers to terminate their Conservation Reserve Program contracts early in order to transfer property to the next generation.



Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts

Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts
Virginia farmers will be part of a June 10 celebration marking Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.



Close to 100,000 acres of Va. farmland in conservation program

Close to 100,000 acres of Va. farmland in conservation program
Just three years after Virginia’s Resource Management Plan Program was implemented, the program has far exceeded its goal.



Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance

Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance
Virginia’s soil and water conservation districts historically have helped farmers implement conservation practices, but now they are helping homeowners as well.



New USDA initiative expands conservation tools for farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new initiative that expands opportunities for farmers and ranchers to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program, a popular voluntary program that offers landowners tools to prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat and reduce nutrient runoff.



Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Conservation, forestry and wildlife control have all taken huge hits in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s reductions to the state budget.




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.



Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices

Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices
If it hadn’t been for state cost-share money, Ronnie Nuckols said, he wouldn’t have been able to install 14 fences to keep his cattle out of streams.



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