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Young Farmers seek help from state agency to ship produce across state lines

Young Farmers seek help from state agency to ship produce across state lines
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation wants the movement of Virginia-grown fruits and vegetables across state lines to be regulated by a state agency rather than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



Farm leaders pleased with Perdue pick as agriculture secretary

Farm leaders pleased with Perdue pick as agriculture secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his secretary of agriculture, and leaders of the nation’s and state’s largest agricultural organizations are pleased with that pick.



Preliminary work on next census of agriculture begins

The 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming, and farmers are urged to promptly reply to a preliminary letter arriving soon in the mail.



Legislators to ‘Meet Virginia Agriculture’ at Farm Bureau Legislative Day

Legislators to ‘Meet Virginia Agriculture’ at Farm Bureau Legislative Day
State legislators will be able to learn more about agriculture in their districts, as well as issues important to the commonwealth’s farmers, during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 25.



New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy

New ag and forestry secretary determined to boost rural economy
Virginia’s new secretary of agriculture and forestry has rural roots, and he’s determined to help boost the bottom line of the state’s farm and forest producers.



USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications

USDA reports spike in number or organic certifications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has announced a significant increase in the number of accredited certified organic farm operations for 2014 and 2015.



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.



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.



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.