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Local student published in The Delmarva Farmer 4-H in Action supplement

October 8, 2020

One of Bedford County’s own 4-H Livestock members wrote an article for the Delmarva Farmer magazine. Brook Adkins wrote an article, “Modified, ‘the shows must go on,” and it was published in this tri-state publication covering Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Read the full article here as found on pages 1 and 7.  

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USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

October 8, 2020

US Department of Agriculture October 5, 2020 President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup will run from September 21 and through December 11, 2020, for this […]

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Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation Survey

September 21, 2020

The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District is updating its Strategic Plan.  The Strategic Plan guides the work of the District. Soliciting public input is an important part of this process. To receive this input, we have developed a short online survey.  If you are a Bedford resident, we would appreciate you taking […]

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Smith Mountain FFA member elected to State Board

July 22, 2020

Joshua Powers elected as new State Vice President for one-year term

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Bedford County 4-H Members Named to All Stars

July 16, 2020

Leadership, Integrity of Character, and Service among qualifications

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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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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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