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Americans agree across party lines when rating sustainability of farms

Americans agree across party lines when rating sustainability of farms
Some common ground: Democrats and Republicans agree that agriculture is a sustainable industry, and both believe sustainability incentives should be used instead of government regulation of farms.



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.



US farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation

US farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation
A majority of U.S. farmers and ranchers surveyed recently indicate biotechnology and genetically modified crops play an important role in farming more efficiently, according to findings released Dec. 15, 2016, by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and National Corn Growers Association.



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.



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.



Farm Bureau: New data points to need for immigration reform

Farm Bureau: New data points to need for immigration reform
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation leaders say new data emphasizes the contributions of immigrants to Virginia agriculture and the need for immigration reform.



Resource Management Plans in place on more than 68,000 acres

Resource Management Plans in place on more than 68,000 acres
Virginia farm and forestland owners have put in place 326 Resource Management Plans that cover 68,147 acres, according to a report released Dec. 7 by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.



Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters

Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs and oysters
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has reported that crab and oyster populations and the presence of underwater grasses have increased in the bay.



New USDA initiative expands conservation tools for farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new initiative that expands opportunities for farmers and ranchers to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program, a popular voluntary program that offers landowners tools to prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat and reduce nutrient runoff.



Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Budget cuts could have dramatic impact on state’s largest industry

Conservation, forestry and wildlife control have all taken huge hits in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s reductions to the state budget.




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