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Amendments to ‘Farm Use’ laws take effect July 1

Amendments to ‘Farm Use’ laws take effect July 1
Changes to existing laws regulating unlicensed farm vehicles on Virginia’s highways go into effect July 1.



EPA indicates it will delay worker protection rule changes

EPA indicates it will delay worker protection rule changes
Farmers who must meet revised provisions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, or WPS, may be facing a relaxed deadline for compliance.



AFBF president gives proposed agriculture budget an ‘F’

AFBF president gives proposed agriculture budget an ‘F’
The president of the country’s largest agricultural advocacy group said the proposed budget President Trump sent to Congress fails farmers, ranchers and the nation’s rural communities.



Flavored milk may be making a school lunch comeback

Flavored milk may be making a school lunch comeback
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is working to bring back 1 percent flavored milk to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program. It was eliminated from the plan in 2012.



Number of dairy farmers using safety net program declines

Number of dairy farmers using safety net program declines
The number of dairy farmers using the 2014 Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Protection Program is the lowest it’s been since the program was introduced, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.



Produce growers to get extension on water standards

Produce growers to get extension on water standards
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce safety rule. The rule sets microbial quality standards for agricultural water, including irrigation water that comes into contact with produce.



Agriculture receives $95 million budget deal

Agriculture receives $95 million budget deal
The omnibus bill Congress passed last week to fund the government through Sept. 30 restored $95 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business and Cooperative Service.



Farm leaders pleased with restoration of NASS funding

Farm leaders pleased with restoration of NASS funding
The deal Congress struck to keep the federal government funded through Sept. 30 restored funding to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 



Politicians get on-the-farm lessons during ag tour

Politicians get on-the-farm lessons during ag tour
Lynchburg area politicians acquired some on-the-farm knowledge May 13 during a tour of three Bedford County farms, hosted by the Bedford County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee.



Tax credit benefits both farmers and food banks

Tax credit benefits both farmers and food banks
A new tax credit will benefit Virginia’s farmers and the food banks to which they donate.



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