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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.



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.



Compact tractors are pulling their weight

More farmers and other equipment operators are buying compact tractors instead of full-size machines these days. Joel Hudnall, owner of Turf’s Up Landscaping, said one of his most useful tractors has only 48 horsepower and a smaller frame.



Study finds agriculture is still a large part of Fauquier economy

According to a recent economic impact study, Fauquier County farmland is serving as a barrier against sprawling development that characterizes parts of adjacent counties.



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.



Spring picnic foods more affordable than last year

If you’re shopping for spring picnic supplies, expect to be pleasantly surprised. Lower retail prices for several foods included in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual spring picnic marketbasket survey resulted in a slight decrease for the overall cost. 




Low prices make for a tough year for dairy farmers

Virginia’s dairy industry faces a tough year ahead. “It’s going to be a tough year for the dairy sector with probably the lowest prices since 2010,” predicted Dr. John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation’s deputy chief economist. 



Commodity prices concern farmers, not consumers

It’s been more than a year since corn and wheat prices took a tumble on the Chicago Board of Trade. Milk prices took a steep nose dive last November, and cattle prices have been dropping fast since last July.



U.S. agriculture production costs declined sharply in 2015

U.S. farming production costs have decreased for the first time in several years.