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Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program

June 3, 2021

Practices including Livestock Stream Exclusion, Grazing Management, Alternative Watering Systems and Cover Cropping Virginia’s Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program offers more than 70 conservation practices that cover the full spectrum of agricultural operations. Whether you grow crops, raise livestock or produce poultry, there are BMPs that can benefit you. While all of the practices […]

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Pasture Walk at Tuck Farms

June 3, 2021

Keith Tuck will hold a Pasture Walk at his farm in Moneta on June 15, 2021 where attendees can learn how he developed a rotational grazing system and uses a diversity of forages to manage for year-round grazing and improved cattle performance. This event is sponsored by the National Grazing Lands Coalition, the VA Forage […]

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Stream Buffer Invasive Vegetation Management Cost Share Program

May 20, 2021

If you are a producer and have stream exclusion fencing, you may be eligible for a 50% cost share rebate ($125 max per producer) on purchases of approved herbicides to manage vegetation in fence lines and spot treatment of non-native invasive plants in stream buffer areas. This program is restricted to stream exclusion areas installed […]

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Educational Fence Day held at Liberty FFA Land Lab

February 22, 2021

Fence building demonstration and competition held for adults.

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Bedford Tree Grant Project to Launch in Spring

February 17, 2021

This grant and the EDA’s match will help beautify the corner by adding grass and trees along the sidewalk.

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Free Webinar: Injury Prevention for Farmers

January 26, 2021

Join Charlotte Harris, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon; Amy Johnson, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner; and Hannah Harris, OTD, Occupational Therapist for an Injury Prevention for Farmers webinar. Too often, farmers receive injury prevention recommendations while in the doctor’s office after an accident already occurs. This webinar brings three medical professionals from agricultural communities together to discuss what steps […]

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Bedford County launches CARES assistance program for meat processors

November 2, 2020

$250,000 set aside to help with reimbursement of eligible equipment and infrastructure

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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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