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Dairy producers asked to participate in Farm Bureau survey

Dairy producers asked to participate in Farm Bureau survey
The American Farm Bureau Federation and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services have been collaborating to develop a new dairy insurance product and are hosting an online survey to support market research efforts.



Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices

Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices
If it hadn’t been for state cost-share money, Ronnie Nuckols said, he wouldn’t have been able to install 14 fences to keep his cattle out of streams.



Turkey time is all the time for some Virginia farmers

Turkeys gobble up the limelight in the weeks before Thanksgiving dinner, but more than 300 Virginia farmers raise turkeys year-round.



Loan repayment program to help veterinarians in underserved areas

Loan repayment program to help veterinarians in underserved areas
Due to a continuing shortage of large animal veterinarians in rural areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking nominations for its Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program.



USDA to measure financial well-being of dairy farmers

USDA to measure financial well-being of dairy farmers
Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service are visiting dairy farms across the nation in January to assess the state of today’s dairy industry.



Farmers fear program loss will be coyotes’, vultures’ gain

Farmers fear program loss will be coyotes’, vultures’ gain
Chuck Shorter has been fighting to keep coyotes from killing his livestock since at least 1973, “and I’m still fighting them,” he said.



Calf Tour milking public interest in dairy industry

Homestead Creamery Inc. started a brand awareness campaign that has turned into an East Coast educational tour.



Goat-powered land improvement business puts the kids to work

Clearing unwanted brush and weeds can be a tiresome chore—unless you’re a hungry goat that can eat the trimmings. That’s the plan when a work crew from Goat Busters shows up at a job site.



Be cautious when encountering wildlife

With summer come greater opportunities to spend time outdoors. There’s also a greater likelihood of encountering wildlife, and it is important to know what to do when face to face with a coyote, snake, fox or other animal.



Dairy promotions boost milk, yogurt consumption in some schools

Virginia dairy farmers have long supported promotional programs for milk and dairy products, and the need for them is greater than ever now that dairy prices have dropped 35 percent in the past two years.