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Organic food producers, handlers eligible for certification cost share reimbursements

Organic food producers, handlers eligible for certification cost share reimbursements
Starting March 20, organic food producers and handlers will be able to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic transitional certification, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



Annual agricultural trade conference will showcase successes, challenges

Annual agricultural trade conference will showcase successes, challenges
The ninth annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade is set for March 6-7 in Richmond, and agricultural leaders are calling it a timely opportunity to highlight the value of farm and forest exports to the state and national economies.



Lee, Scott county farmers eligible for disaster assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Dec. 16 that farmers in Lee and Scott counties qualify for natural disaster assistance based on their proximity to 46 counties in Tennessee declared primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.



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.



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.



Southside, Southwest Va. see dry spell sinking in

As wildfires range across the Appalachian Mountains southwest of Virginia, Virginia farmers are keeping their own close watch on the weather.



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.



Farm to Table Conference set for Dec. 6-8

The 2016 Virginia Farm to Table Conference will be held Dec. 6-8 at Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Workforce Development Center. The event will focus on local and regional food and agriculture, practical applications for soil health and farm profitability, and other food system topics.



Industry strives to attract next generation to agricultural careers

Even though there is a shortage of young people considering careers in agriculture, there are signs more students are pursuing ag education.