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Stream Exclusion Fence Line Weed Management Program

July 2, 2020

Bedford County has one of the largest participation rates for farmers using voluntary state and federal cost share programs to protect water quality by excluding livestock from surface water. These programs protect the water that all citizens depend upon. Significant investment is required to install this exclusion fencing. Farmers now have many thousands of feet […]

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EDA grant available for COVID-19 related expenses

June 4, 2020

The Bedford County EDA is providing up to $300.00 in grant funds to local companies for PPE and cleaning supplies due to COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

May 20, 2020

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide direct relief to producers who faced a five-percent-or-greater price decline and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. About the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food […]

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Forest Farmers Market Celebrates 10 Years in Bedford County

May 19, 2020

The Forest Farmers Market is celebrating its 10th season of operation this year, following a surprising turnout of compliant customers in its first few weekends…

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Agritourism Education Series

May 18, 2020

Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension office for this on-line educational series designed for the Agritourism industry in Virginia. These sessions are open to agritourism producers, industry personnel or anyone wanting to learn more about agritourism. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Virginia Agritourism page on Facebook and on the Virginia Cooperative Extension […]

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Bedford County EDA assists businesses with PPE needs

May 13, 2020

Bedford County Office of Economic Development and EDA worked with the Dept. of Fire and Rescue to assist a dozen manufacturers and public-facing service industries in obtaining a supply of PPE.

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New Eligibility for Ag Business: Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance

May 5, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance […]

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Bedford County farmers markets open in time for Virginia Farmers Market Week

April 29, 2020

Forest Farmers Market opened on Saturday, April 25, and the Bedford Farmers Market opens Friday, May 1.

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Simplimatic Automation Receives Order for PWB for Automation for Ventilators

April 17, 2020 Site Selectors tour Simplimatic in Forest, Virginia

Company has received a large order to provide automation for a production line which will manufacture components used within ventilators.

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U.S. Chamber Foundation creates the Save Small Business Fund

April 16, 2020

The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers in certain zip codes across the United States, including chambers of commerce.

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