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Craft beers increasingly made with Virginia ingredients

Craft beers increasingly made with Virginia ingredients
Virginia’s drink industry is overflowing with more than 175 craft breweries, 14 cideries, 47 distilleries and 282 wineries, and that’s leading to more opportunities for farmers to grow ingredients.



Three agricultural leaders recognized at VFBF Spring Conference

Three Virginia agricultural leaders were recognized at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Spring Conference, held March 17-19.



International offices, trade missions lead to increased agricultural exports

International offices, trade missions lead to increased agricultural exports
Virginia’s proactive approach to international trade has landed the state $4.5 million in new export sales of soybean products to Southeast Asian markets.



Learn how to start or improve an agritourism operation at three-day conference

Learn how to start or improve an agritourism operation at three-day conference
Agritourism operations are in vogue right now and if you want to start one or improve an existing business, plan to attend the 2017 Virginia Agritourism Conference.



Peanut plantings expected to be on the rise in 2017

Peanut plantings expected to be on the rise in 2017
Plantings of Virginia peanuts have been on the decline, but for the first time in several years industry analysts expect that to change.



Virginia business owners can grow with 14-step process

Virginia business owners can grow with 14-step process
Business owners interested in capturing a greater market share have an opportunity to attend a one-day workshop with an internationally-recognized business consultant.



Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier

Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier
On Jan. 9 the U.S. Department of Agriculture began allowing farmers and ranchers to terminate their Conservation Reserve Program contracts early in order to transfer property to the next generation.



Virginia’s and nation’s largest industry will be celebrated March 19-25

Virginia’s and nation’s largest industry will be celebrated March 19-25
Virginia agriculture will be celebrated during National Ag Week, March 19-25. National Ag Day is March 21.



Small farm decline may be due to a paperwork problem

Small farm decline may be due to a paperwork problem
Virginia lost 300 small-scale farms last year, according to an annual survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The amount of farmland remained static at 8.1 million acres, and the total number of farms declined by only 200, to 44,800.



NAFTA trading partners recount gains since 1994

NAFTA trading partners recount gains since 1994
Agriculture officials from the Canadian and Mexican embassies detailed benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement for their countries’ respective industries at the ninth annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.



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