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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.



National Farmers Market Week celebrates growing connection between farmers and consumers

National Farmers Market Week celebrates growing connection between farmers and consumers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 6-12, will celebrate the vital role markets play in supporting local economies and giving consumers access to healthy local foods.



Reopened Chinese market gives U.S. beef farmers opportunity to increase exports

Reopened Chinese market gives U.S. beef farmers opportunity to increase exports
U.S. cattle farmers can now export beef to China, which has opened up a previously closed market.



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.



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.



Field crops faring well this summer

Field crops faring well this summer
Crop conditions are strong as Virginia farmers enter the second half of the summer growing season.



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.



Agricultural group releases first-ever sustainability report

Agricultural group releases first-ever sustainability report
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has released the agriculture industry’s first-ever sustainability report, which highlights examples of sustainable practices on farms and ranches across the nation.



Nation’s land-grant universities are source of education, ag evolution

Nation’s land-grant universities are source of education, ag evolution
Past and recent agricultural graduates of Virginia State University and Virginia Tech have participated in a long-celebrated partnership between U.S. land-grant universities and agriculture.



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