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Recent Agriculture News


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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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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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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April 16, 2020

Join Deborah B. Reed PhD, FAAOHN, FAAN, RN for a free webinar titled, Stress and Safety: Decrease one, Increase the Other. Dr. Reed will address the relationship between stress, injury, and overall health among farmers within the context of the current pandemic. Date: April 20, 2020 Time: Noon No registration is required. Join the call […]

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Coyote Lottery Winners Annouced

April 6, 2020

Thanks to several local businesses who sponsored this year’s lottery April 6, 2020 — For Immediate Release Don Gardner DVM, Vice Chair BAEDAB Bedford County, Virginia The lucky grand prize winner of the Bedford Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board’s 2019-2020 Coyote Lottery is Mr. Cline Lynch of Blue Ridge, VA. He took home a $2,000.00 […]

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American Farmland Trust sets up Farmer Relief Fund

April 4, 2020

American Farmland Trust sets up national Farmer Relief Fund

American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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Local students win big at state competition

November 8, 2019

Congratulations to local FFA students. Five students from Bedford County Public Schools won at the state level for Veterinary Science and/or Tractor Troubleshooting at the Virginia FFA State Competition. Each winner was recognized by the Bedford County Ag Board at its November meeting. Pictured here with Jeff Powers, Chairman of the Bedford County Ag Board, […]

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