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McAuliffe announces agriculture’s and forestry’s economic impact has increased by $21 billion

McAuliffe announces agriculture’s and forestry’s economic impact has increased by $21 billion
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced July 18 that a new comprehensive study shows Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries contribute $91 billion annually to the commonwealth’s economy. That represents a 30 percent increase over results of a 2013 study that found a $70 billion annual economic impact.



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.



Farm Bureau: New data points to need for immigration reform

Farm Bureau: New data points to need for immigration reform
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation leaders say new data emphasizes the contributions of immigrants to Virginia agriculture and the need for immigration reform.



Consumers paying less this spring for a dozen foods

Consumers paying less this spring for a dozen foods
Americans will be able to eat several meals less expensively this spring than in previous years.



Canadian milk pricing strategy shuts out U.S. dairy farmers

Canadian milk pricing strategy shuts out U.S. dairy farmers
In 2016, U.S. dairy farmers saw the value of milk fall to its lowest level since the recession. Now they’re facing the additional challenge of Canada’s national ingredients strategy.



Shoppers will save money this summer on burgers and steaks

Shoppers will save money this summer on burgers and steaks
Just as grilling season gets underway, consumers can expect to pay less for burgers and steaks for their cookouts.



Survey: Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal cost decreases for 2016

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $4.40 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.



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.



Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades

Economist: Farms have changed significantly over past three decades
Farm income is down, according to Dr. Bob Young, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Young spoke at the organization’s Jan. 8-11 annual convention.



School system finds flavored milk does a budget good

School system finds flavored milk does a budget good
Los Angeles’ public school system is crediting flavored milk with offsetting some of its budget deficit.



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