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Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies
Virginia representatives will join nearly 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 6-11 at the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Phoenix.



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.



Extra attention helps cut flowers stay vibrant longer

Cut flowers can brighten up your day—and your home. If you received fresh flowers this holiday season and want to keep them fresher longer, a little extra attention can go a long way.



New year, new website – designed with you in mind!

If you are a media professional who uses the Virginia Farm Bureau website as a source of information on agriculture issues and practices, we’ve got exciting news!



State shares guidelines for new food crop donation tax credit

State shares guidelines for new food crop donation tax credit
On Dec. 16 the Virginia Department of Taxation published final guidelines on its website for the Food Crop Donation Tax Credit, established by state legislation earlier this year.



Loan repayment program to help veterinarians in underserved areas

Loan repayment program to help veterinarians in underserved areas
Due to a continuing shortage of large animal veterinarians in rural areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking nominations for its Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program.



Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters

Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has reported that crab and oyster populations and the presence of underwater grasses have increased in the bay.



Re-use your Christmas trees after the holidays

When the holidays are over, you could chuck your Christmas tree into the woods or take it to the dump, but there are plenty of ways you can repurpose it.



Lee, Scott county farmers eligible for disaster assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Dec. 16 that farmers in Lee and Scott counties qualify for natural disaster assistance based on their proximity to 46 counties in Tennessee declared primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.



Chef Maxwell's recipe for Fresh Berries with Biscuits and Lemon Curd

Chef Maxwell's recipe for Fresh Berries with Biscuits and Lemon Curd
This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.