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Recent Agriculture News


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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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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