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Virginia peanut growers to mark National Peanut Month with peanut butter donations

Virginia peanut growers to mark National Peanut Month with peanut butter donations
Virginia peanut producers will take the super-nutritious peanut from the field to the food bank in the form of peanut butter donations during National Peanut Month in March.



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.



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.



Virginia cotton production hit more wrinkles in 2016

Virginia cotton production hit more wrinkles in 2016
Corn and soybean producers in Virginia managed to have a good year in 2016 despite weather challenges, but cotton growers saw their yields plummet as heavy rain ended the growing season.



Grant funding available for Southside vineyard development; additional grapes needed

Grant funding available for Southside vineyard development; additional grapes needed
The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a grant to help grow Southern Virginia wineries.



Farmers, forest landowners can apply for environmental quality incentives

Farmers, forest landowners can apply for environmental quality incentives
Virginia farmers and forest landowners can apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the federal Environmental Quality Incentives 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.



Hops conference planned for growers, brewers

The South Atlantic Hops Conference for hops growers, brewers and others with an interest in the hops industry will be held March 24 and 25 at the Crown Plaza Resort in Ashville, N.C.



Despite setbacks, small grains play important role on state’s farms

Despite setbacks, small grains play important role on state’s farms
Virginia barley and winter wheat harvests have been on a downward trend for several years, and 2016 was an especially disappointing one for growers.



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.