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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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Coyote Lottery Opens on October 1 – Grand Prize $2,000

October 1, 2019

Today is opening day of the Bedford County Coyote Lottery. From October 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020 you can help manage the over-population of coyotes by participating in the lottery. How to enter: Kill the coyote (follow state hunting guidelines). More than one kill allowed. Each kill qualifies and no limit to the number […]

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Educational Tours Day at Bedford County Fair

September 27, 2019

All fourth graders in Bedford County Public Schools visited the Bedford County Fair today as part of their curriculum to learn about agriculture and environmental sciences. The students learned about soil and water conservation; fish farming; cattle, horses, and sheep; the chicken gestation process; and how to identify animal track marks, among other important agri-science […]

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5th Annual Bedford County Fair to be held September 26-29, 2019

September 19, 2019

This year’s fair is bigger and better than ever as Bedford celebrates “Where Farm Meets Fun”

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Kaelyn Wright of Moneta honored in Top 25 Millennials on the Move

August 12, 2019

Kaelyn Wright, a 4th generation cattle farmer in Moneta, was selected in the top 25 millennial professionals in the region at an awards ceremony held at the Glass House in Lynchburg on August 1.

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