Farm Resources in Shenandoah Valley Region

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New Farmers Website

An online resource provides centralized, one-stop shopping for beginning farmers and ranchers to explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

USDA’s new farmers site has in-depth information, including:

  • how to increase access to land and capital;
  • build new markets;
  • participate in conservation opportunities;
  • select and use the right risk management tools; and
  • access USDA education and technical support programs.

 

National Young Farmers' Coalition

The National Young Farmers' Coalition represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success across the country. NYFC supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent, and prosperous farmers now and in the future through supporting independent family farms, sustainable farming pracices , affordable land for farmers, fair labor practices, farmer-to-farmer training, farmers of every ender, race and sexual orientaion, and cooperation and friendship between all farmers. Click Here.

 

National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.  

The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. But FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.

Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

 

Mix My Sprayer for iOS and Android

Clemson University developed Mix My Sprayer to aid with quick, accurate calculations of product mixes to be applied with spraying equipment. Users can create custom lists of favorite products by category. Simply add or select a product, insert values in each input box, and the app automatically calculates the amount of product to include in the user-defined mix size. Units for each input can be customized by tapping the unit buttons. Products are saved with the user settings last used.

This free mobile smartphone app is designed for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. Click here to download.

 

Local Dirt

Buy, sell and find local food with Local Dirt. How it works, buyers can search and source local food in their area with the added convenience of online ordering. Sellers can easily find new buyers and sell their products online. Local Dirt will even automate your invoicing and track your inventory. Farmer markets, buying clubs and co-ops can automate ordering, inventory, price sheets and invoicing. Click Here!

 

goCrop

Take farming further with goCrop™

goCrop uses integrated web and mobile applications to help farmers plan, analyze and report nutrient management practices with streamlined speed. Designed by farmers who understand the virtue of efficiency, goCrop keeps you focused on farming.

The app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Learn more

 

Fieldprint Calculator

The Fieldprint Calculator is a free online tool for growers to voluntarily and securely analyze how their management choices impact natural resources and operational efficiency. Field To Market has developed the Calculator as an easy way to find out how your current land use, energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil loss compare with state and national averages.

 

 

 

 

Farmland Information Center (FIC)

 

Farm and Dairy Agri-Book

Farm and Dairy Agri-Book contains a catalog of Agribusinesses as well as Regional, State, Local Listings of Agri-Bureaus, Agencies, Associations and Organizations (Government and Private Sectors). Click here.

 

COMET-FARM™

COMET-FARM™ is a  whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system.  The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. Once complete, a report is generated comparing the carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions between your current management practices and future scenarios.

 

Best Tree Finder

The Arbor Day Foundation has created a tool that helps you find the best tree for your area. Just answer a few quick questions as to what you are looking for and the environment that you are in and the Tree-Finder will give you a list of suggested species. Click here.

 

Annie's Project

Annie's Project offers a variety of extension classes across the country that educate farm women on risk management. The classes empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Click here to see courses offered in your state.

 

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC)

The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. The site works to provide unbiased, science-based marketing information for U.S. farmers and ranchers. There is information related to commodities and products, market and industry trends, business creation and operation, research results and value-added resources.

This site is an on-going project of the Iowa State University and partially funded by USDA Rural Development. Click here. 
 

 

Fifth annual cover crop survey results
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The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

 

Cooperative Extension Service
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The cooperative extension service is designed to help people use research based knowledge to improve their land.  Administered through thousands of county extension offices, extension brings land-grant expertise to the most local of levels in affiliation with the state's designated land-grant universities.& ...

 

Fee Fishing: An Introduction
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The basic types of operations and associated business considerations. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

 

Beginningfarmers.org

First launched in September of 2008, Beginningfarmers.org is a comprehensive compilation of information resources on farm financing, finding land, business planning, agricultural production and marketing, and much more. It is also a constantly updated blog providing the latest information and news on farm policy, farming jobs and internships, agricultural research, and the changing face of American agriculture. Beginning Farmers provides content relevant to new, experienced, and aspiring farmers, as well as farm educators, activists, and policy makers.

Through core resource pages and frequent blog postings, Beginning farmers provides a robust and constantly growing forum for sharing information and ideas about starting new farms, and a broad range of content related to the development of sustainable agriculture and food systems.

 

Land Link: Connecting retiring landowners and beginning farmers to keep agriculture alive
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Land Link is a valuable program that connects beginning farmers with retiring landowners to faciliate farm transfers. UPDATE: The Land Link Program was retired in 2016 and will be replaced by the Hank Rohling Land Legacy Program.

 

What are Food Hubs
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A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

 

National Organic Farming Handbook
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The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

 

2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.

 

Start Farming! Resources for the Beginning Farmer
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If you are seriously considering starting up an agricultural business, there are a number of important things to consider. Get started on the right path by defining your goals and skills, gaining experience and education, choosing your marketing strategies, and financing your agricultural venture.

 

The Biology of Soil Compaction
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Soil compaction is a common and constant problem on most farms that till the soil. Heavy farm machinery can create persistent subsoil compaction (Hakansson and Reeder, 1994).

 

Farmer's Tax Guide
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This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.& ...

 

Let’s Get Serious About Conservation
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This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

 

Younger Beginning Farmers Tend To Operate Larger Farms
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Younger beginning farmers are more likely to operate large farms than are older operators of beginning farms. These farmers tend to earn more on their farm, and less off their farm, but have more debt than older beginning farmers.

 

Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts
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Land trusts across the country are preserving agricultural lands to support local food systems. 

 

Conservation Buffers on your Land

Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment.

 

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
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This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.

 

Does America Need More Organic Farmers?
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Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for over a decade.  After the USDA implemented national organic standards in 2002, certified organic farmland doubled by 2005.

 

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There are 310 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Beginning Farmer Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Conservation Districts
Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District
Cathy Perry - Office Administrator - Verona, VA
Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District
Amanda Campbell - Secretary/Adminstrative Assistant - Strasburg, VA
Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District
Staci Merkt - Office Coordinator - Roanoke, VA
Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District
Lorie Baldwin - Office Administrator - Warm Springs, VA
Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District
Robert Hickman - Conservation Specialist - Lexington, VA
Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District
Megen Dalton - District Manager - Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Kendall Elaine Tyree, Ph.D. - Executive Director - Mechanicsville, VA
Conservation Groups and Associations
500-Year Forest Foundation
- Charlottesville, VA
Agrarian Trust
Ian McSweeney - Director - Weare, NH
AGree
Deborah Atwood - Executive Director - Washington, DC
Alliance for Community Trees
Carrie Gallagher - Executive Director - Washington, DC
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
- Annapolis, MD
American Agri-Women
American Chestnut Foundation
Meghan Jordan - Director of Communications - Asheville, NC
American Forest Foundation
- Washington, DC
American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts
Sandra Tassel - Program Coordinator - Bellingham, WA
American Hiking Society
Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D - President - Silver Spring, MD
American Tree Farm System
Paul DeLong - Senior Vice President, ATFS & Conservation - Washington, DC
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Todd Fearer - Coordinator - Blacksburg, VA
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Harpers Ferry, WV
Arbor Day Foundation
- Nebraska City, NE
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Ron Regan - Executive Director - Washington, DC
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Mitch Hartley - Coordinator - Hadley, MA
Bat Conservation International
Andrew Walker - Executive Director - Austin, TX
Be Wild, Virginia!
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Richmond, VA
Burwell-Van Lennep Foundation
James Klenkar - Millwood, VA
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
Roberta Clowater - Executive Director - Fredericton, NB
Cave Conservancy of the Virginias
Bonnie Whitlock - Manager - Glen Allen, VA
Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation
- Middletown, VA
Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Gary M. Tabor - Executive Director - Bozeman, MT
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Rebecca LePrell - Virginia Executive Director - Annapolis, MD
Chesapeake Conservancy
Jenn Aiosa - Vice President & Director of Programs - Annapolis, MD
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
- Ridgely, MD
Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance
- Missoula, MT
CitSci.org
Greg Newman - Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO
Civil War Preservation Trust
Jim Campi - Policy and Communications Director - Washington, DC
Coastal Conservation Association - National
- Houston, TX
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
- West Lafayette, IN
Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forests Insects and Diseases
Frank Lowenstein, Forest Health Program - The Nature Conservancy - Sheffield, MA
Dogwood Alliance
- Asheville, NC
EcoResults!
- Flagstaff, AZ
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Denise O’Meara, PLA - Director of Education - Lexington, KY
Forest Landowners Association
Scott P. Jones - Chief Executive Office - Atlanta, GA
Forest Stewards Guild
Zander Evans - Executive Director - Madison, WI
Forest Stewardship Council
- Minneapolis, MN
Garden Club of Virginia
Ann Heller - Communications Coordinator - Richmond, VA
Garden for Wildlife
National Wildlife Federation - Merrifield, VA
Green Fence Conservation Trust
- Apex, NC
James River Association
Bill Street - Executive Director - Richmond, VA
Kernstown Battlefield Association
- Winchester, VA
Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust
Steve Meltzer - Founder and Executive Director - Framingham, MA
Land Trust Alliance
- Washington, DC
LandScope Virginia
Virginia DCR - Natural Heritage Program - Richmond, VA
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
- Madison , MS
MultiState Conservation Grant Program
- Washington, DC, VA
National Association of State Foresters
Amanda Cooke - Director of Communications - Washington , DC
National Audubon Society
- New York, NY
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
John Doty - Communications Director - Knoxville, TN
National Family Farm Coaltion
- Washington, DC
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Jeff Trandahl - Executive Director and CEO - Washington, DC
National Forestry Association
Keith A. Argow - President, Director at Large - Vienna, VA
National Mitigation Banking Association
- Washington, DC
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Jeremy Emmi - Managing Director - Washington, DC
National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Washington, DC
National Wild Turkey Federation
Bryan Burhans - Director of Land Management Programs - Edgefield, SC
National Wildlife Federation
- Reston, VA
NatureServe
Mary Klein - President & CEO - Arlington, VA
Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation
- Clemson, SC
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
V. Alaric Sample - President - Washington, DC
Pollinator Partnership
- San Francisco, CA
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Edna Baden - Staff Director - Vienna, VA
Preservation Virginia
- Richmond, VA
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc.
Craig A. Alderman - Executive Director - Buffalo, MO
Quality Deer Management Association
- Bogart, GA
Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)
- Houston, TX
Roanoke River Basin Association
- Danville, VA
Rockbridge Area Conservation Council
Barbara Walsh - Executive Director - Lexington, VA
Sand County Foundation
Kevin Kiley, Development & Communications - Madison, WI
Savory Institute
- Boulder, CO
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
John D. Hutchinson V - AICP, Director of Conservation - New Market, VA
Shortleaf Pine Initiative
Holly Campbell - Southern Regional Extension Forestry - Athens, GA
Southeast Watershed Forum
- Knoxville, TN
Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Curtis R Hopkins, Ph.D. - Executive Secretary - Jackson, MS
Southern Conservation Partners
Chuck Roe - President - Raleigh, NC
Southern Group of State Foresters
- Garner, NC
Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development
Judith KohlerCO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Kathy Abusow - President and CEO - Washington, DC
Sustainable Forests Roundtable
Tax Credit Connection, Inc.
Ariel Steele, Owner - Longmont, CO
Terrafirma RRG LLC
Jeremy Johnston - Account Administrator, Marsh Captive Solutions - Burlington, VT
The Climate Trust
- Portland, OR
The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Lindsay Thomas - Chairman - Washington, DC
The Conservation Fund
- Arlington, VA
The Fund for Wild Nature
Jeff Petersen, Esq. - Executive Director - Kelso, WA
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
Shuan Butcher - Director of Communications - Waterford, VA
The Land Institute
- Salina, KS
The Longleaf Alliance
- Andalusia, AL
The Trust for Public Land, D.C. / Chesapeake Office
- Washington, DC
The Virginia Speleological Survey
Rick Lambert - PresidentVA
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
- Portland, OR
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
Bruce Thacker - President - Thunder Bay, ON
Trout Headwaters, Inc.
- Livingston, MT
Turtle Islands Earth Stewards
Tyhson Banighen - Tappen, BC
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)
- Chesterfield, MO
Upper Roanoke River Roundtable
- Roanoke, VA
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Ian Wilcox - General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer - London, ON
USA National Phenology Network
Jake Weltzin - Executive Director - Tucson, AZ
Valleys 2000
Bill Huether - Treasurer - Bowmanville, ON
Virginia Association For Parks
Johnny Finch - President - Bumpass, VA
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, Inc. ('VCLF')
Tom Clarke, CEO - Roanoke, VA
Virginia Forage and Grassland Council
- Crewe, VA
Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Jason McGarvey - Communications and Outreach Manager - Richmond, VA
VIRGINIAforever
Dennis H. Treacy - Chair - Richmond, VA
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
- Halifax, VA
Wild Ones
Donna VanBuecken - Executive Director - Neenah, WI
Wildlands Conservation
Julie Morris - President - Venice, FL
Wildlife Foundation of Virginia
Jenny West - Executive Director - Norge, VA
WildSouth
Ben Prater - Director of Conservation - Asheville , NC
Women, Food & Agriculture Network
- Ames, IA
Cooperative Extension
Alleghany County Extension
Christine Hodges - Unit Coordinator - Low Moor, VA
Augusta County Extension
Matt Booher - Unit Coordinator - Verona, VA
Bath County Extension
Rodney Leech - Unit Coordinator - Warm Springs, VA
Botetourt County Extension
Katherine E. Carter - Unit Coordinator - Fincastle, VA
Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners
Jason Cooper, Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Harrisonburg, VA
Clarke County Extension
Kaila Anglin - Unit Coordinator - Berryville, VA
Frederick County Extension
Mark Sutphin - Unit Coordinator - Winchester, VA
Highland County Extension
Rodney Leech - Unit Coordinator - Monterey, VA
Northern District Office
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Harrisonburg, VA
Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners
- Winchester, VA
Page County Extension
Nicole Clem - Unit Coordinator - Stanley, VA
Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners Association
- Lexington, VA
Rockbridge County Extension
Thomas Stanley - Unit Coordinator - Lexington, VA
Rockingham County Extension
Jeremy Daubert - Unit Coordinator - Harrisonburg, VA
Shenandoah County Extension
Teresa Richardson - Secretary/Unit Administrative Assistant - Woodstock, VA
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Edwin J. Jones, Ph.D. - Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Blacksburg, VA
Warren County Extension
Corey Childs - Unit Coordinator - Front Royal, VA
Federal And State Agency Landowner Specialists
Al Bourgeois
VDGIF Biologist - Verona, VA
Dan Lovelace
VDGIF Biologist - Forest, VA
David Kocka
VDGIF Biologist - Verona, VA
Fred Frenzel
VDGIF Biologist - Edinburg, VA
The Bobwhite Quail in Virginia
VDGIF - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Forestry
- Charlottesville, VA
Federal and State Tax Incentives and Programs
Current Agricultural Use Value
- Ohio Department of Agriculture Office of Farmland Preservation - Reynoldsburg, OH
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
Federal Endangered Species Tax Deduction
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, VA
Land and Historic Resource Tax Credit
Steve Seidel - Delaware Division of Revenue - Wilmington, DE
Land Preservation Tax Credit
Department of Conservation and Recreation - Land Conservation Program - Richmond, VA
Government Agencies
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Farm Service Agency
USDA - Washington, DC
National Invasive Species Council
U.S. Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA - Washington, DC
Office of Land Conservation
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
State and Private Forestry
USDA Forest Service - Office of Communication - Washington, DC
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Washington, DC
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Clyde Cristman - Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Forestry
- Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
- Richmond, VA
Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
Sarah Richardson - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia NRCS State Office
John A. (Jack) Bricker - State Conservationist - Richmond, VA
Virginia Wildfire and Forest Protection
Virginia Department of Forestry - Fred Turck - Charlottesville, VA
Irrigation Suppliers and Contractors
Agri Drain
Charlie Schafer - President - Adair, IA
B.B. Hobbs Company, Inc.
- Darlington, SC
BountiGel
mOasis Inc - Union City, CA
Maximized Water Management LLC
William (Bill) Fuchs - Owner - Chester, ID
Netafim Drip-Micro Irrigation Products
Netafim USA - Fresno, CA
Pump Monitor
PowWow Energy, Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA
Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Chris Roth - President - Deshler, NE
Tule Evapotranspiration
Tule Technologies Inc - Tom Shapland - Concord, CA
Rural-Farmer, Rancher, and Fishery Cooperatives
Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau Inc.
Kevin P. McLaren - General Manager - Staunton, VA
Highland County Sheep & Wool Producers Association, Inc.
- Monterey, VA
Highland-Bath Cattle Association
Joe Neil - Manager - Monterey, VA
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Coop Association
- Reston, VA
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.
Jay S. Bryant - CEO - Reston, VA
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.
- Reston, VA
Page Cooperative Farm Bureau Inc.
Darrell B. Hulver - General Manager - Luray, VA
Rockbridge Farmers Cooperative Inc.
Wilson Whitmore - General Manager - Lexington, VA
Rockingham Cooperative
Norman R. Wenger - General Manager - Harrisonburg, VA
Shenandoah Beef Co-op, Inc.
Terry Sager - Chairman - Weyers Cave, VA
Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
Thomas R. Scribner - President/CEO - Richmond, VA
Staple Cotton Cooperative Association
Meredith B. Allen - President and CEO - Greenwood, MS
Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, Inc.
James L. Mason - President - Hinton, VA
Virginia Sheep Producers Association
- Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Wineries Association Cooperative
Laurie Aldrich - General Manager - Richmond, VA
Small Farm Resources
AgrAbility Virginia
Kirk Ballin - Salem, VA
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Kathlyn Terry - Executive Director - Abingdon, VA
Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau Inc.
Kevin P. McLaren - General Manager - Staunton, VA
Conservation Marketing Warehouse
Gary Waugh - DCR Public Relations Manager - Richmond, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Staunton Branch - Staunton, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Ryan White - Loan Officer - Harrisonburg Branch - Harrisonburg, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Bobbi Loudermilk - Loan Officer Lexington Branch - Lexington, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Lynne Pollock - Loan Officer Roanoke Branch - Roanoke, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Ashlie Howell - Branch Manager - Verona Branch - Verona, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Page Cooperative Farm Bureau Inc.
Darrell B. Hulver - General Manager - Luray, VA
Rockbridge Farmers Cooperative Inc.
Wilson Whitmore - General Manager - Lexington, VA
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Renard Turner - Board President - Red Oak, VA
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
Kim Niewolny - Program Director and Extension Specialist - Blacksburg, VA
State Funding / Technical Resources
AgrAbility Virginia
Kirk Ballin - Salem, VA
Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program
Walter A. Gills - Program Manager - Richmond, VA
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
- Arlington, VA
Conservation Easement program
Alison Teetor - Natural Resources Planner - Berryville, VA
Conservation Marketing Warehouse
Gary Waugh - DCR Public Relations Manager - Richmond, VA
Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Stephen G. Perry - Coordinator - Sanbornton, NH
Firewise Communities - Virginia
Virginia Department of Forestry - Charlottesville, VA
GoodFires
Southern Group of State Foresters - Garner, NC
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
Greg Conover - MICRA Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Marion, IL
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
John Doty - Communications Director - Knoxville, TN
Project WILD - Virginia
Suzie Gilley - Project WILD Coordinator - Richmond, VA
Purchase of Development Rights Programs
Andy Sorrell - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Richmond, VA
Rockbridge Easement Agreement Program
Chris Slaydon - Assistant Director - Lexington, VA
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update
North Carolina State University Extension Forestry - Raleigh, NC
The Bobwhite Quail in Virginia
VDGIF - Richmond, VA
The Chesapeake Bay Program
Nicholas DiPasquale, Director - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Annapolis, MD
Tom W. Zaebst
Virginia Department of Forestry - Assistant State Forest Manager - Cumberland, VA
Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost Share (VACS) Program
Department of Conservation and Recreation - Soil and Water - Richmond, VA
Virginia Agricultural BMP Tax Credit Program
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Soil and Water - Richmond, VA
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
Kim Niewolny - Program Director and Extension Specialist - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund
Walter Gills - Program Manager - Richmond, VA
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Kevin McLean - VCAP Coordinator - Mechanicsville, VA
Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Gary Moore - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Clyde Cristman - Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Robert 'Bob' W. Duncan - Executive Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
- Richmond, VA
Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program
Jennifer Gagnon - Virginia Cooperative Extension - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
Sarah Richardson - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Open-Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund
Brett Glymph - Director, Virginia Outdoors Foundation - Warrenton, VA
Virginia Recreational Trails Fund
Synthia Waymack - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Wildfire and Forest Protection
Virginia Department of Forestry - Fred Turck - Charlottesville, VA
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Woodland Steward Series
Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association, Extension Forestry-NC Cooperative Extension, NC Forest Service, US Forest Service - Raleigh, NC
USDA - FSA Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
Kristine Evans, Program Coordinator - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Conservation Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans & Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Ownership Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Grassland Reserve Program- REPEALED
USDA Farm Service Agency
Guaranteed Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Indemnity Program
USDA FSA
Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Source Water Protection Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Mark Parson - Program Contact
Appalachian Plant Materials Center
John Vandevender - PMC Manager - Alderson, WV
Cape May Plant Materials Center
Christopher Miller - PMC Manager - Cape May Court House, NJ
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative
Rob McAfee - Chesapeake Bay Coordinator - Annapolis, MD
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Stacy Swartwood - National CIG Program Analyst - Washington, DC
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Fred Reaves - National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Manager
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Jason Weller, Chief - USDA-NRCS - Washington, DC
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
NRCS
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
USDA NRCS
Longleaf Pine Initiative
NRCS - Washington, DC
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Kimberli Stine - National GLC Coordinator - Fort Worth, TX
National Water Quality Initiative
USDA NRCS
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Louis Aspey, Chief of Staff - Regional Conservationist - Washington, DC
Small scale solutions for your farm
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
Virginia Conservation Stewardship Program
John A. Bricker, State Conservationist - USDA-NRCS - Richmond, VA
Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Patrick Vincent - Richmond, VA
Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service
John A. Bricker - State Conservationist - Richmond, VA
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
USDA NRCS
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Garry Lee - Acting Director, Easement Programs Division - Washington, DC
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
- Washington, DC
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
USDA Programs - Other
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
Denis Ebodaghe - National Program Leader - Division of Agricultural Systems - Washington, DC
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
USDA Rural Development
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Douglas Keeler, Director - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Food Linc
Jim Barham - USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
Local Food Promotion Program
Nicole Nelson Miller - LFPP Program Manager - Washington, DC
New Farmers
USDA
Organic Certification Cost Share Programs
Rita Meade - OCCSP Coordinator - Washington, DC
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Lori Washington - USDA Rural Development Loan Specialist
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Dr. Jimmy Avery, Director - Delta Research and Extension Center Mississippi State University - Stoneville, MS
The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Business and Cooperative Programs - National Office, USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development
Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Beth Schermerhorn - Education Support Specialist - Harrisonburg, VA

 Farm Best Management Practices

   
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Mix My Sprayer for iOS and Android

Clemson University developed Mix My Sprayer to aid with quick, accurate calculations of product mixes to be applied with spraying equipment. Users can create custom lists of favorite products by category. Simply add or select a product, insert values in each input box, and the app automatically calculates the amount of product to include in the user-defined mix size. Units for each input can be customized by tapping the unit buttons. Products are saved with the user settings last used.

This free mobile smartphone app is designed for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. Click here to download.

 

Fifth annual cover crop survey results
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The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

 

Stream Crossing
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Learn about small scale solutions for your farm with this instructional pamphlet.

 

AgroClimate

AgroClimate is an innovative web-resource for decision-support and learning, providing interactive tools and climate information to improve crop management decisions and reduce production risks associated with climate variability, climate change, and extreme weather events. Users can monitor variables of interest such as growing degree days, chill hours, freeze risk, disease risks for selected crops, and current and projected drought conditions. Users can also learn about the impacts of climate cycles affecting the Southeastern United States, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

AgroClimate uses crop simulation models along with historic, current, and forecasted climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.

Water and carbon footprint calculators on AgroClimate can provide system-specific estimates of how efficiently water and energy are being used. AgroClimate also includes educational resources, including videos and fact sheets, about management practices and technologies that can help improve efficiency of production and decrease the vulnerability of agricultural systems to climate variability and change.

AgroClimate is regularly used during training events for County Extension faculty and during workshops with agricultural producers. Its modular platform allows for an easy replication in other geographies and for content expansion.

 

How to Compost and Use Horse Manure- A Step-By-Step Guide for Horse Owners
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Provides essential steps for building and using a horse manure composting system that can be managed without the aid of a tractor. This system is intended for backyard or small farm (ranchette) operations with 1 to 5 horses.

 

Creating & Using a Sacrifice Area for Horses- A Good Start for Healthy Pastures
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A sacrifice area is any small enclosure intended to be a horse's outdoor living quarters during the winter and spring. These areas can improve the health and productivity of pastures.

 

Farmer's Tax Guide
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This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.& ...

 

How to Choose a Certification Agency and the Organic Certification Process
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There are many USDA accredited certification agencies that can certify your farm or enterprise as organic. So how do you find the right agency to work with you? Here are some questions you should ask the agencies and some things to ask neighboring farmers.

 

Managing Manure with Biogas Recovery Systems BMPs
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Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy.

 

Southern Organic Resource Guide: A Reference Handbook of Organic Resources in the South
By:

Includes: Certification Agencies • Educational and Outreach Resources • Certified Organic Operations • Suppliers of Inputs fo ...

 

Working Lands For Wildlife
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Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.

 

Managing Manure Nutrients at Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

A lengthy document from EPA (2004), Managing Manure contains information pertinent to Large CAFOs in the Dairy Cows and Cattle other than Veal Calves and the Swine, Poultry, and Veal Calves subcategories of the final CAFO regulations.

 

Conservation buffers: wildlife benefits in Southeastern agricultural systems
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Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

 

Working Trees for Agriculture
By:

Putting trees to work in conservation and production systems for farms, ranches, and nearby communities means planting the right trees, in the right places and in the correct design to achieve desired objectives.

 

Watering Facilities for Managed Grazing Systems
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Drainage Ditch Research Reveals Opportunities for Cleaning Up Runoff
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 Vegetated drainage ditches can help clean up runoff water.

 

Toxicities of Agricultural Pesticides to Selected Aquatic Organisms
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Lists toxicities of many different chemicals and how to reduce the risk of pesticide drift. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

 

Control of Bird Predation at Aquaculture Facilities
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Strategies and cost estimates for various forms of frightening programs and exclusion or barrier methods of control. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.

 

Forage Fish - Introduction and Species
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A discussion of the fish stocked in recreational fishing ponds as food for species such as largemouth bass.  Includes bluegill, redear sunfish, fathead minnow, golden shiner, threadfin shad, and tilapia and other species.

 

Fly Control for Organic Dairies
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This fact sheet provides techniques acceptable for organic and integrated pest management.  It specifically addresses house flies, horn flies, face flies, and stable flies.

 

Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy
By:

A 293 page guide to the Legal Issues in Farming the Wind on your farm from June 2007

 

Verification of Recommended Management Practices for Major Aquaculture Species
By:

The primary goal of this Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) project was to start verification programs in participating states (i.e.

 

Common Farm-raised Baitfish
By:

Characteristics and requirements of the three most common baitfish in the South: the golden shiner, fathead minnow or goldfish. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online.

 

What is Cage Culture?
By:

Advantages and disadvantages of one of the four primary methods of aquaculture: ponds, raceways, recirculating systems or cages. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online.

 

Aquaculture: Realities and Potentials When Getting Started
By:

Important personal, feasibility, and financial factors to consider. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.

 

Algal Blooms, Scums and Mats in Ponds
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This brief document is full of photos that will help landowners to determine what form of algae they may have.  It describes the major types, their causes, effects, and what can be done to manage algal blooms.

 

Emerging Issues Regarding Non-Native Species for Aquaculture
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Discusses pathogens and parasites, genetic alterations, and genetically modified organisms. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.

 

Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard
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Nutrient Management is defined as the management of the 4R's of Nutrient Management:Right amount (rate), Right source, Right placement (method of application), Right timing of commercial fertilizers, manure, soil amendments, and organic by-products to agricultural landscapes as a source of plant nutrients while protecting local air, soil and water quality.

 

Aeration

The importance of aeration in aquaculture and various methods how to. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online.

 

 Farm Income Opportunities

   
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Local Dirt

Buy, sell and find local food with Local Dirt. How it works, buyers can search and source local food in their area with the added convenience of online ordering. Sellers can easily find new buyers and sell their products online. Local Dirt will even automate your invoicing and track your inventory. Farmer markets, buying clubs and co-ops can automate ordering, inventory, price sheets and invoicing. Click Here!

 

Harvest To Hand

Are you looking for a local harvest festival, farmers market, pick-your-own, locally made products or family-friendly farms? Harvest to Hand is a smartphone app here to help promote a sustainable way of life for local agriculture across the United States (available for iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices). Consumers have easy access to fresh farm products, events and home-spun goods right at their fingertips through our free Harvest to Hand app. Click here to explore the app online. 

 

Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs

 

Fee Fishing: An Introduction
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The basic types of operations and associated business considerations. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

 

Fee Fishing: Location, Site Development and Other Considerations
By:

Discusses clientele, permitting, advertising, location, design and security, water source, concessions, time of operations, signs, and safety and liability.& ...

 

AgProfit™

AgProfit™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions when implementing technologies to a specific crop or analyzing cropping systems. AgProfit™ estimates machinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility when implementing a particular technology, making minor changes to returns or input costs, or comparing cropping systems.

AgProfit™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

View the AgProfit™ presentation

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Taking the First Step: Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide
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This publication was prepared in response to requests from local advisors, farmers, and ranchers for a simple guide to the first step in identifying alternative income-producing agricultural enterprises and agritourism opportunities.

 

What are Food Hubs
By:

A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

 

The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
By:

The guide is an extensive collection of information and resources, providing background on everything needed to develop or participate in a regional food hub.

 

Farmer’s Markets

Farmers' markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers.

 

Community Supported Agriculture: What It is and Where to Find It

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is the practice of focusing on the local production of high quality foods with the support of a consumer group that is willing to fund a whole season's budget in order to get quality foods.

 

Southern Organic Resource Guide: A Reference Handbook of Organic Resources in the South
By:

Includes: Certification Agencies • Educational and Outreach Resources • Certified Organic Operations • Suppliers of Inputs fo ...

 

Grasslands and Carbon: Processes and Trends
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Rebecca McCulley of the University of Kentucky, Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences presents this video short course on Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S ...

 

Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers
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The Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers, produced by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), provides an overview of available market opportunities for environmental credits and services, how farmers and ranchers can get involved in them, and ways to encourage their continued growth.

 

Regional Food Hubs: Linking Producers to new markets
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This presentation illustrates what the core components of food hubs are; provides examples of  successful food hubs, one urban - La Montanita Co-op Food Market in New Mexico, and one rural - Appalachian Sustainable Development in Virginia; describes the lessons learned to date about coordinating successful food hubs; maps existing and potential food hubs; and, finally, gives the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Regional Food Hub Subcommittees work plan for the future.

 

Selling at Farmers Markets
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Ideas and information to make your venture a success.

 

Rural Bounty

Explore North America's Rural Bounty

Discover the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer!

  • Daytrip or Vacation to a Farm or Ranch
  • Pick Your Own-Fruits, Pumpkins, Trees
  • Discover Charming Countryside Wineries
  • Challenge Your Hunting & Outdoor Skills

In the U.S. and Canada, there are approximately 65,000 farms and ranches that invite the public to visit, and more and more are becoming members on the Rural Bounty website. We invite you to come back often to plan relaxing day trips, or weeks away, enjoying the Rural Bounty of North America.  Visit website »

 

 

Show Farm Income Opportunities Organizations & Professionals (312)
There are 312 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Farm Income Opportunities Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Agritourism
Back Home on the Farm
Gary and Lynne Hess - Harrisonburg, VA
Clouse’s Pine Hill Farm
Ron and Roberta Clouse - Winchester, VA
Critzer Family Farm
Whitney and Rosemary Critzer - Afton, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Khimaira Farm
Linda and Leith Campbell - Luray, VA
Malcolms Market Garden
Daniel and Ashley Malcolm - Staunton, VA
Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery
John and Carolyn Marker - Winchester, VA
Radical Roots Farm
Dave and Lee O’Neill - Keezletown, VA
Saunders Brothers
- Piney River, VA
Smith Meadows
- Berryville, VA
Sunrise Farms, Inc.
Maynard Miller - President - Stuarts Draft, VA
The Farm Bus
Mark Lilly - Founder - Richmond, VA
The Pillow Farm
- Hot Springs, VA
Wade's Mill
Jim and Georgie Young - Raphine, VA
Wild & Wooly Farm, LLC
George and Robin Ayars - Covington, VA
Conservation Credit Markets
Blue Source
Jessica Stalberger - Office Manager - Murray, UT
Bradley Raffle
Conservation Capital - CEO - Eugene, OR
Brian T. Chase
Spotts Fain - Director - Richmond, VA
Christine D. Mehfoud
Spotts Fain - Director - Richmond, VA
Dave Gibson
IFC/World Bank - Senior Environmental Risk Specialist - Warrenton, VA
Deborah Kelley Fourness
Spotts Fain - Director - Richmond, VA
Eco-Asset Solutions & Innovations LLC
William Coleman - Co-Founder & CEO - Redwood City, CA
Ecosystem Economics LLC
- Bend, OR
Ecosystem Services Exchange
Paul Sweeney - Director of Conservation Planning - Alexandria, VA
EP Carbon
Zach Barbane - Director, Projects and Operations - Berkeley, CA
Forest Carbon Fund
- Berkeley, CA
H & H Forest Management, Inc.
- South Hill, VA
John W. Anderson
Spotts Fain - Head of Real Estate Transactional Group - Richmond, VA
Marstel-Day, LLC
- Fredericksburg, VA
Meade A. Spotts
Spotts Fain - Director, Shareholder - Richmond, VA
National Mitigation Banking Association
- Washington, DC
Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC
Ross Guidry - Region Land Manager - Lafayette, LA
Sustainable Solutions LLC
James Remuzzi - President and Founder - Shepherdstown, WV
Tax Credit Connection, Inc.
Ariel Steele, Owner - Longmont, CO
TerraCarbon LLC
- Peoria, IL
Thomas J. (TJ) Mascia
Troutman Sanders - Associate - Richmond, VA
Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc.
- Williamsburg, VA
Conservation Districts
Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District
Cathy Perry - Office Administrator - Verona, VA
Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District
Amanda Campbell - Secretary/Adminstrative Assistant - Strasburg, VA
Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District
Staci Merkt - Office Coordinator - Roanoke, VA
Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District
Lorie Baldwin - Office Administrator - Warm Springs, VA
Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District
Robert Hickman - Conservation Specialist - Lexington, VA
Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District
Megen Dalton - District Manager - Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Kendall Elaine Tyree, Ph.D. - Executive Director - Mechanicsville, VA
Cooperative Extension
Alleghany County Extension
Christine Hodges - Unit Coordinator - Low Moor, VA
Augusta County Extension
Matt Booher - Unit Coordinator - Verona, VA
Bath County Extension
Rodney Leech - Unit Coordinator - Warm Springs, VA
Botetourt County Extension
Katherine E. Carter - Unit Coordinator - Fincastle, VA
Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners
Jason Cooper, Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Harrisonburg, VA
Clarke County Extension
Kaila Anglin - Unit Coordinator - Berryville, VA
Frederick County Extension
Mark Sutphin - Unit Coordinator - Winchester, VA
Highland County Extension
Rodney Leech - Unit Coordinator - Monterey, VA
Northern District Office
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Harrisonburg, VA
Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners
- Winchester, VA
Page County Extension
Nicole Clem - Unit Coordinator - Stanley, VA
Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners Association
- Lexington, VA
Rockbridge County Extension
Thomas Stanley - Unit Coordinator - Lexington, VA
Rockingham County Extension
Jeremy Daubert - Unit Coordinator - Harrisonburg, VA
Shenandoah County Extension
Teresa Richardson - Secretary/Unit Administrative Assistant - Woodstock, VA
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Edwin J. Jones, Ph.D. - Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Blacksburg, VA
Warren County Extension
Corey Childs - Unit Coordinator - Front Royal, VA
Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Northeast Regional Office - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Hadley, MA
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force
Susan Mangin - Executive Secretary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, VA
Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Candidate Conservation Program
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Emergency Stabilization - Burned Area Rehabiliation
Erv Gasser - DOI National Interagency BAER Team Leader - Seattle, WA
Fish Passage Program - Northeast Region
Janice Rowan - Fish Passage Program Coordinator - Hadley, MA
Habitat Conservation Plans
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Landowner Incentive Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
Greg Conover - MICRA Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Marion, IL
MultiState Conservation Grant Program
- Washington, DC, VA
National Fish Passage Program
Susan Wells - National Fish Passage Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program
Guy Foulks - NMBCA Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program
U.S. Department of the Interior - Arlington, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program
Rodecia Mcknight - Small Grants Program Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Program
Stacy Sanchez - U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator - Falls Church, VA
North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Andrew Milliken / North Atlantic LCC Coordinator - US Fish and Wildlife ServiceMA
Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative
Deanna Spooner - Pacific Islands Project Lead - Honolulu, HI
Partners For Fish And Wildlife Program - National
See Description
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Virginia
Dave Byrd - Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist - Gloucester, VA
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Program
Will McDearman - Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery Coordinator - Jackson, MS
Safe Harbor Agreements
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Mallory Martin - SALCC Coordinator - Raleigh, NC
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program
- Arlington , VA
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Virginia Field Office
- Gloucester, VA
Wildland Fire Information and Technology (WFIT)
Forests and RangelandsTX
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
Ecotourism
Big Survey WMA
- Wytheville, VA
Blandy Experimental Farm
Steven B. Carroll - Director of Public Programs - Boyce, VA
Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Douthat State Park
- Millboro, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Gathright WMA
VDGIFVA
Go Outdoors Virginia
DGIF - Henrico, VA
Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA
VDGIFVA
Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Highland WMA
VDGIFVA
Johnsons Creek Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Ogdens Cave Natural Area Preserve
Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward - Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural HeritageVA
Shenandoah River State Park
- Bentonville, VA
Short Hills WMA
VDGIFVA
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
Shuan Butcher - Director of Communications - Waterford, VA
Thompson WMA
VDGIFVA
Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Richmond, VA
Virginia Civil War Trails Program
VA
Virginia Green
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Richmond, VA
Virginia's Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund - Natural Bridge, VA
Wildlife Foundation of Virginia
Jenny West - Executive Director - Norge, VA
Farm Ranch And Forest Retailers
AFM Land Sales, LLC
- Charlotte, NC
American Timberlands Company
Thomas C. Rowland, III - President/Chief Executive Officer - Pawleys Island, SC
Cobacha, LLC
Kurt Oriol - Director - New York, NY
CoBank
Robert B. Engel - Chief Executive Officer - Greenwood Village, CO
Dow AgroSciences LLC
- Indianapolis, IN
Forest Safety Products
Forest Safety Products - Van Hornesville, NY
Go Native Tree Farm
John Rosenfeld - Owner - Lancaster, PA
John Shipley
Carolina Forestry Inc. - Manager Winston-Salem, NC Office - Winston-Salem, NC
The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC
- Jackson, MS
Food Hubs and Farmers Markets
Appalachian Harvest
Kathlyn Terry - Executive Director - Duffield, VA
Shenandoah Food
- Rockbridge Baths, VA
The Farm Bus
Mark Lilly - Founder - Richmond, VA
Grant Programs
Acorn Foundation
- Oakland, CA
Acres for America
Thomas E. Kelsch - Vice President, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund - Washington, DC
Appalachian Carbon Partnership
Angie Allman - Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) - Berea, KY
BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grants
Alanna Keating - Alexandria, VA
Bring Back the Natives
Kirstin Neff, Ph.D. - Manager, Southwest Rivers Program - Portland, OR
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund: Chesapeake Bay Small Watersheds Grant Program
Elizabeth Nellums - Manager, Chesapeake Program - Washington, DC
Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund: Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Program
Claire Flynn - Manager, Chesapeake Program - Washington, DC
Civil War Battlefield Acquisition Grants
Bill Conkle - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Clean Trail Grant Program
Leah Leitch - Grant Outreach - ExtremeTerrain.com - Malvern, PA
Clean Water Act Section 319
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, DC
Common Counsel Foundation
Laura Livoti - CEO - Oakland, CA
Conservation Partners Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Todd Hogrefe - Washington, DC
Conservation Partners Program
Eric Forward - Program Director, Central Region Working Lands - Bloomington, MN
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants
Kelly Bibb or David Dell - Grant Program Contacts - Atlanta, GA
Cooperative Watershed Management Program
Bureau of Reclamation Office of Program & Policy Services - Denver, CO
Environmental Solutions for Communities
Carrie Clingan - Manager, Community-Based Conservation Programs - Washington, DC
FishAmerica Foundation Conservation Grants
Ruth Jackson - Grants Manager - Alexandria, VA
Forestry on Indian Lands
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs - Washington, DC
Fund-a-Farmer Project
Food Animal Concerns Trust - Chicago, IL
Keystone Initiatives
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA)
Yasuyuki Sugiura - President - New York, NY
National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Brise Tencer - Executive Director - Santa Cruz, CA
Pulling Together Initiative
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Washington, DC
ShadeFund
Marten Jenkins - President - Shepherdstown, WV
The Conservation Alliance
John Sterling - Executive Director - Bend, OR
The FruitGuys Community Fund
Chris Mittelstaedt - Founder and Project DirectorCA
The Fund for Wild Nature
Jeff Petersen, Esq. - Executive Director - Kelso, WA
The Summerlee Foundation
Lynne Starnes - Director of Administration - Dallas, TX
The Virginia Lakes & Watersheds Association
Andrew Gould - PresidentVA
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities Program
SFI and US Endowment for Forest and Communities Inc - Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development
Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Beth Schermerhorn - Education Support Specialist - Harrisonburg, VA
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Small Farm Resources
AgrAbility Virginia
Kirk Ballin - Salem, VA
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Kathlyn Terry - Executive Director - Abingdon, VA
Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau Inc.
Kevin P. McLaren - General Manager - Staunton, VA
Conservation Marketing Warehouse
Gary Waugh - DCR Public Relations Manager - Richmond, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Staunton Branch - Staunton, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Ryan White - Loan Officer - Harrisonburg Branch - Harrisonburg, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Bobbi Loudermilk - Loan Officer Lexington Branch - Lexington, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Lynne Pollock - Loan Officer Roanoke Branch - Roanoke, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias
Ashlie Howell - Branch Manager - Verona Branch - Verona, VA
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Page Cooperative Farm Bureau Inc.
Darrell B. Hulver - General Manager - Luray, VA
Rockbridge Farmers Cooperative Inc.
Wilson Whitmore - General Manager - Lexington, VA
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Renard Turner - Board President - Red Oak, VA
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
Kim Niewolny - Program Director and Extension Specialist - Blacksburg, VA
State Funding / Technical Resources
AgrAbility Virginia
Kirk Ballin - Salem, VA
Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program
Walter A. Gills - Program Manager - Richmond, VA
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
- Arlington, VA
Conservation Easement program
Alison Teetor - Natural Resources Planner - Berryville, VA
Conservation Marketing Warehouse
Gary Waugh - DCR Public Relations Manager - Richmond, VA
Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Stephen G. Perry - Coordinator - Sanbornton, NH
Firewise Communities - Virginia
Virginia Department of Forestry - Charlottesville, VA
GoodFires
Southern Group of State Foresters - Garner, NC
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
Greg Conover - MICRA Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Marion, IL
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
John Doty - Communications Director - Knoxville, TN
Project WILD - Virginia
Suzie Gilley - Project WILD Coordinator - Richmond, VA
Purchase of Development Rights Programs
Andy Sorrell - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Richmond, VA
Rockbridge Easement Agreement Program
Chris Slaydon - Assistant Director - Lexington, VA
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update
North Carolina State University Extension Forestry - Raleigh, NC
The Bobwhite Quail in Virginia
VDGIF - Richmond, VA
The Chesapeake Bay Program
Nicholas DiPasquale, Director - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Annapolis, MD
Tom W. Zaebst
Virginia Department of Forestry - Assistant State Forest Manager - Cumberland, VA
Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost Share (VACS) Program
Department of Conservation and Recreation - Soil and Water - Richmond, VA
Virginia Agricultural BMP Tax Credit Program
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Soil and Water - Richmond, VA
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
Kim Niewolny - Program Director and Extension Specialist - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund
Walter Gills - Program Manager - Richmond, VA
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Kevin McLean - VCAP Coordinator - Mechanicsville, VA
Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Gary Moore - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Clyde Cristman - Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Robert 'Bob' W. Duncan - Executive Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
- Richmond, VA
Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program
Jennifer Gagnon - Virginia Cooperative Extension - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
Sarah Richardson - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Open-Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund
Brett Glymph - Director, Virginia Outdoors Foundation - Warrenton, VA
Virginia Recreational Trails Fund
Synthia Waymack - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Wildfire and Forest Protection
Virginia Department of Forestry - Fred Turck - Charlottesville, VA
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Woodland Steward Series
Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association, Extension Forestry-NC Cooperative Extension, NC Forest Service, US Forest Service - Raleigh, NC
Sustainable Ag / Community Supported Agriculture
AgrAbility Virginia
Kirk Ballin - Salem, VA
Appalachian Harvest
Kathlyn Terry - Executive Director - Duffield, VA
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Kathlyn Terry - Executive Director - Abingdon, VA
Back Home on the Farm
Gary and Lynne Hess - Harrisonburg, VA
Briar Patch Farm
- Lexington, VA
Buck Wild Woods Farm & Forestry
- Colonial Beach, VA
Buffalo Creek Beef
- Lexington, VA
Clouse’s Pine Hill Farm
Ron and Roberta Clouse - Winchester, VA
Critzer Family Farm
Whitney and Rosemary Critzer - Afton, VA
Farm Flavor - Virginia
- Richmond, VA
FreshFarm Markets
Bernadine (Bernie) Prince and Ann Harvey Yonkers - Co-Executive Directors - Washington, DC
Khimaira Farm
Linda and Leith Campbell - Luray, VA
Malcolms Market Garden
Daniel and Ashley Malcolm - Staunton, VA
Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery
John and Carolyn Marker - Winchester, VA
Mountain View Farm Products LLC
Fred & Christie Huger - Fairfield, VA
Radical Roots Farm
Dave and Lee O’Neill - Keezletown, VA
Saunders Brothers
- Piney River, VA
Smith Meadows
- Berryville, VA
Sunrise Farms, Inc.
Maynard Miller - President - Stuarts Draft, VA
The Farm at Sunnyside
Nick Lapham - Farm Owner - Washington, VA
The Farm Bus
Mark Lilly - Founder - Richmond, VA
The Pillow Farm
- Hot Springs, VA
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Sue Ellen Johnson - Executive Director - Moseley, VA
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
Kim Niewolny - Program Director and Extension Specialist - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Farm to Table
Eric S. Bendfeldt Extension Specialist, Community Viability - Virginia Cooperative Extension Northern District Office - Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Food Works
- Farmville, VA
Virginia Forage and Grassland Council
- Crewe, VA
Virginia No-Till Alliance
Doug Horn - Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Beth Schermerhorn - Education Support Specialist - Harrisonburg, VA
Wild & Wooly Farm, LLC
George and Robin Ayars - Covington, VA
USDA - FSA Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
Kristine Evans, Program Coordinator - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Conservation Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans & Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Ownership Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Grassland Reserve Program- REPEALED
USDA Farm Service Agency
Guaranteed Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Indemnity Program
USDA FSA
Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Source Water Protection Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Mark Parson - Program Contact
Appalachian Plant Materials Center
John Vandevender - PMC Manager - Alderson, WV
Cape May Plant Materials Center
Christopher Miller - PMC Manager - Cape May Court House, NJ
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative
Rob McAfee - Chesapeake Bay Coordinator - Annapolis, MD
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Stacy Swartwood - National CIG Program Analyst - Washington, DC
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Fred Reaves - National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Manager
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Jason Weller, Chief - USDA-NRCS - Washington, DC
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
NRCS
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
USDA NRCS
Longleaf Pine Initiative
NRCS - Washington, DC
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Kimberli Stine - National GLC Coordinator - Fort Worth, TX
National Water Quality Initiative
USDA NRCS
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Louis Aspey, Chief of Staff - Regional Conservationist - Washington, DC
Small scale solutions for your farm
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
Virginia Conservation Stewardship Program
John A. Bricker, State Conservationist - USDA-NRCS - Richmond, VA
Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Patrick Vincent - Richmond, VA
Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service
John A. Bricker - State Conservationist - Richmond, VA
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
USDA NRCS
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Garry Lee - Acting Director, Easement Programs Division - Washington, DC
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
- Washington, DC
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
USDA Programs - Other
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
Denis Ebodaghe - National Program Leader - Division of Agricultural Systems - Washington, DC
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
USDA Rural Development
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Douglas Keeler, Director - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Food Linc
Jim Barham - USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
Local Food Promotion Program
Nicole Nelson Miller - LFPP Program Manager - Washington, DC
New Farmers
USDA
Organic Certification Cost Share Programs
Rita Meade - OCCSP Coordinator - Washington, DC
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Lori Washington - USDA Rural Development Loan Specialist
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Dr. Jimmy Avery, Director - Delta Research and Extension Center Mississippi State University - Stoneville, MS
The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Business and Cooperative Programs - National Office, USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development
Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Beth Schermerhorn - Education Support Specialist - Harrisonburg, VA

 Farm Resources

   
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Mix My Sprayer for iOS and Android

Clemson University developed Mix My Sprayer to aid with quick, accurate calculations of product mixes to be applied with spraying equipment. Users can create custom lists of favorite products by category. Simply add or select a product, insert values in each input box, and the app automatically calculates the amount of product to include in the user-defined mix size. Units for each input can be customized by tapping the unit buttons. Products are saved with the user settings last used.

This free mobile smartphone app is designed for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. Click here to download.

 

Forage Information System

The Forage Information System, provided by Oregon State University is a resource for forage-related topics, including Extension, research, and teaching.

 

Geospatial Data Gateway

The Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG) provides access to a map library of over 100 high resolution vector and raster layers in the Geospatial Data Warehouse. It is the One Stop Source for environmental and natural resources data, at any time, from anywhere, to anyone. It allows you to choose your area of interest, browse and select data, customize the format, then review and download. 

This service is made available through a close partnership between the three Service Center Agencies (SCA); Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD).

 

Greenbook Plant Protection Product Search

Greenbook.net has an extensive database of chemical product information that you can use to help control unwanted plants. You can search by plant name and the database will list what chemicals you could use. If you need to know more about a specific chemical, you can type it in and search for product info. You need to register with the site to get the detailed information.  Some chemicals require a pesticide license.

 

goCrop

Take farming further with goCrop™

goCrop uses integrated web and mobile applications to help farmers plan, analyze and report nutrient management practices with streamlined speed. Designed by farmers who understand the virtue of efficiency, goCrop keeps you focused on farming.

The app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Learn more

 

Fieldprint Calculator

The Fieldprint Calculator is a free online tool for growers to voluntarily and securely analyze how their management choices impact natural resources and operational efficiency. Field To Market has developed the Calculator as an easy way to find out how your current land use, energy use, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil loss compare with state and national averages.

 

 

 

 

Farmland Information Center (FIC)

 

Farm and Dairy Agri-Book

Farm and Dairy Agri-Book contains a catalog of Agribusinesses as well as Regional, State, Local Listings of Agri-Bureaus, Agencies, Associations and Organizations (Government and Private Sectors). Click here.

 

Driftwatch - a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats

Driftwatch™ is a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats in Nebraska. Managers of ecologically sensitive areas and owners of commercial fields and apiaries may register. The Driftwatch™ registry is intended for commercial sites that are at least a half-acre in Indiana Minnesota Michigan Illinois Wisconsin Montana Nebraska Colorado Missouri It is not intended for homeowners.

Driftwatch™ was designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments with input and support from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists.

The Driftwatch site is meant to help pesticide applicators, specialty crop growers, and stewards of at-risk habitats in Nebraska communicate more effectively to protect pesticide-sensitive areas. The DriftWatch map is designed to display sensitive commercial agricultural areas. Driftwatch is not intended to be a registry for homeowners or sites less than half an acre.

This site features an easy-to-use Google Maps™ interface that clearly shows applicators the locations of registered areas so they can take the appropriate precautions before they spray. It's important to remember that the lines on the maps are not property lines; they merely indicate approximate positions of sensitive lands submitted to us. Sensitive crop areas registered on this site include beehives, certified organic crops, fruits, grapes, nursery crops, pumpkins, melons, tomatoes, and vegetables.

 

Annie's Project

Annie's Project offers a variety of extension classes across the country that educate farm women on risk management. The classes empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Click here to see courses offered in your state.

 

Fifth annual cover crop survey results
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The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...

 

Cooperative Extension Service
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The cooperative extension service is designed to help people use research based knowledge to improve their land.  Administered through thousands of county extension offices, extension brings land-grant expertise to the most local of levels in affiliation with the state's designated land-grant universities.& ...

 

Cover Crop Economics Tool

The Cover Crop Economics Tool is a user-friendly economic assessment tool to assess the costs and benefits of incorporating cover crops into a crop rotation. The tool assesses both the short term and long term expected costs and benefits. For questions, please contact Bryon Kirwan, bryon.kirwan@il.usda.gov.

Download: Cover Crop Economics Tool

 

Virginia Farm Link

Virginia Farm Link, a program of the Office of Farmland Preservation, is a program designed to help two important segments of the commonwealth's farm community:

  • Farmers and landowners who are facing retirement and want to see their businesses continue and their land stay in production; and
  • Beginning and expanding farmers who are in search of business arrangements through which they can acquire land, equipment, experience and access to the knowledge of seasoned producers

As established in §3.2-202 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Farm Link program shall provide, but not be limited to the following:

  1. assistance in the preparation of business plans for the transition of business interests;
  2. assistance in the facilitation of transfers of existing properties and agricultural operations to interested buyers;
  3. information on innovative farming methods and techniques; and
  4. research assistance on agricultural, financial, marketing, and other matters.

Contact Information
Virginia Farm Link Program
102 Governor Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-786-1906                                                  
E-Mail: farmlinkadmin@vdacs.virginia.gov

 

Land Link: Connecting retiring landowners and beginning farmers to keep agriculture alive
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Land Link is a valuable program that connects beginning farmers with retiring landowners to faciliate farm transfers. UPDATE: The Land Link Program was retired in 2016 and will be replaced by the Hank Rohling Land Legacy Program.

 

Pioneer® Field360™

DuPont Pioneer is bringing the next generation of powerful Web-based field management tools to growers with the introduction of Pioneer® Field360™ Select software. This new subscription service combines field-by-field data with real-time agronomic and weather information to help growers make informed management decisions.  Check out Field360 Select.

"Pioneer®Field360 Select software guides growers to better use the field data they have collected, currently and in prior years, to increase farm productivity and profitability," says Justin Heath, DuPont Pioneer new services manager.

UPDATE:

The Pioneer® Field360™ website is no longer available. EncircaSM Services is the current DuPont Pioneer program that combines the latest technology for weather, soils, agronomy and analytics to help agricultural producers maximize crop yields and reduce risk. Contact your DuPont Pioneer Sales Professional for more information.

 

AgBizEnvironment™

AgBizEnvironment gives you the ability to account for environmental impacts when analyzing business decisions.

AgBizEnvironment utilizes various components to measure and track environmental aspects of crop and livestock production. Aspects include pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer, and energy use, as well as tillage and land management practices. Combined with other AgBiz Logic tools, users can compare environmental, economic and financial tradeoffs.

An example of a component utilized by AgBizEnvironment is the Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) developed by Cornell University. The EIQ measures the effect of various pesticides and herbicides on consumers, workers, and ecosystems.

Learn more about EIQ and other AgBizEnvironment components when you sign up for AgBiz Logic.

 

AgLease™

AgLease™ is a computer program designed to assist growers and landowners establish equitable crop share and cash rent lease agreements. With AgLease™ you can easily comprehend and evaluate the potential risks associated with annual and long-term leases, reevaluate current leases, or changing cropping systems. AgLease™ estimatesmachinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility for a crop share and cash rent lease.

AgLease™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

View the AgLease™ Presentation

 

AgFinance™

AgFinance™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions on a whole farm and ranch basis. You can load scenario files from AgProfit™ and AgLease™ into AgFinance™ to analyze your farm’s financial ratios and performance measures, which include working liquidity, solvency, profitability, debt repayment capacity, and efficiency. You can change the number of units in each scenario and observe the financial effects of implementing technologies, adding value to your products, conservation practices, changing cropping systems or livestock enterprises, or leasing additional land.  Visit AgFinance™

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

AgProfit™

AgProfit™ is a computer program designed to assist agricultural producers make long-run decisions when implementing technologies to a specific crop or analyzing cropping systems. AgProfit™ estimates machinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility when implementing a particular technology, making minor changes to returns or input costs, or comparing cropping systems.

AgProfit™ is free to use and requires users to register with the AgTools website and obtain a license.

View the AgProfit™ presentation

UPDATE:

The AgTools™ web site is currently unavailable. If you are requesting a AgProfit™, AgLease™, or AgFinance™ program, a license file, or need other assistance please contact Clark Seavert, clark.seavert@oregonstate.edu.

The new online program AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC will replace the AgTools™ suite of software programs. This exciting new program will be released about September 1, 2015. You can track the progress of the AgBiz Logic™ - BASIC program by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

AgroClimate

AgroClimate is an innovative web-resource for decision-support and learning, providing interactive tools and climate information to improve crop management decisions and reduce production risks associated with climate variability, climate change, and extreme weather events. Users can monitor variables of interest such as growing degree days, chill hours, freeze risk, disease risks for selected crops, and current and projected drought conditions. Users can also learn about the impacts of climate cycles affecting the Southeastern United States, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

AgroClimate uses crop simulation models along with historic, current, and forecasted climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.

Water and carbon footprint calculators on AgroClimate can provide system-specific estimates of how efficiently water and energy are being used. AgroClimate also includes educational resources, including videos and fact sheets, about management practices and technologies that can help improve efficiency of production and decrease the vulnerability of agricultural systems to climate variability and change.

AgroClimate is regularly used during training events for County Extension faculty and during workshops with agricultural producers. Its modular platform allows for an easy replication in other geographies and for content expansion.

 

What are Food Hubs
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A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

 

National Organic Farming Handbook
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The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

 

2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.

 

Farmer's Tax Guide
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This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.& ...

 

Let’s Get Serious About Conservation
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This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.

 

Conservation Buffers on your Land

Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment.

 

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
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This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.

 

AgPlan™

AgPlan™ helps rural business owners develop a business plan. To use AgPlan you first need to register and setup a password to access your business plan.  Once you have registered, you can login to AgPlan using your email address and your password.
Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE.

  • Develop your own business plan
  • Learn what you need to include in your plan with Tips & Resources
  • View Sample business plans for ideas
  • Share your plan—print, download and work with your own Reviewers

AgPlan™ is brought to you by the Center for Farm Financial Management. Regents of the University of Minnesota

 

Forest Loss on the Rebound: Sustaining Investments for America's Natural Resource Future
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Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. The CFT is an online, farm-level greenhouse gas emissions calculator based on empirical research from a broad range of published data sets. It is designed to be intuitive and easy to complete based on information that a farmer will have readily available. Click here to go to the Cool Farm Tool

 

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There are 257 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Farm Resources Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Conservation Districts
Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District
Cathy Perry - Office Administrator - Verona, VA
Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District
Amanda Campbell - Secretary/Adminstrative Assistant - Strasburg, VA
Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District
Staci Merkt - Office Coordinator - Roanoke, VA
Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District
Lorie Baldwin - Office Administrator - Warm Springs, VA
Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District
Robert Hickman - Conservation Specialist - Lexington, VA
Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District
Megen Dalton - District Manager - Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Kendall Elaine Tyree, Ph.D. - Executive Director - Mechanicsville, VA
Cooperative Extension
Alleghany County Extension
Christine Hodges - Unit Coordinator - Low Moor, VA
Augusta County Extension
Matt Booher - Unit Coordinator - Verona, VA
Bath County Extension
Rodney Leech - Unit Coordinator - Warm Springs, VA
Botetourt County Extension
Katherine E. Carter - Unit Coordinator - Fincastle, VA
Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners
Jason Cooper, Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Harrisonburg, VA
Clarke County Extension
Kaila Anglin - Unit Coordinator - Berryville, VA
Frederick County Extension
Mark Sutphin - Unit Coordinator - Winchester, VA
Highland County Extension
Rodney Leech - Unit Coordinator - Monterey, VA
Northern District Office
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Harrisonburg, VA
Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners
- Winchester, VA
Page County Extension
Nicole Clem - Unit Coordinator - Stanley, VA
Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners Association
- Lexington, VA
Rockbridge County Extension
Thomas Stanley - Unit Coordinator - Lexington, VA
Rockingham County Extension
Jeremy Daubert - Unit Coordinator - Harrisonburg, VA
Shenandoah County Extension
Teresa Richardson - Secretary/Unit Administrative Assistant - Woodstock, VA
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Edwin J. Jones, Ph.D. - Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Blacksburg, VA
Warren County Extension
Corey Childs - Unit Coordinator - Front Royal, VA
Farm Equipment Sales and Service
Agri Drain
Charlie Schafer - President - Adair, IA
B.B. Hobbs Company, Inc.
- Darlington, SC
Cobacha, LLC
Kurt Oriol - Director - New York, NY
DripWorks
- Willits, CA
Forest Safety Products
Forest Safety Products - Van Hornesville, NY
On Target Spray Systems
Progressive Grower Technologies, Inc. - Mt. Angel, OR
Ranch Supply
- Burnet, TX
Farm Ranch And Forest Retailers
AFM Land Sales, LLC
- Charlotte, NC
American Timberlands Company
Thomas C. Rowland, III - President/Chief Executive Officer - Pawleys Island, SC
Cobacha, LLC
Kurt Oriol - Director - New York, NY
CoBank
Robert B. Engel - Chief Executive Officer - Greenwood Village, CO
Dow AgroSciences LLC
- Indianapolis, IN
Forest Safety Products
Forest Safety Products - Van Hornesville, NY
Go Native Tree Farm
John Rosenfeld - Owner - Lancaster, PA
John Shipley
Carolina Forestry Inc. - Manager Winston-Salem, NC Office - Winston-Salem, NC
The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC
- Jackson, MS
Federal and State Tax Incentives and Programs
Current Agricultural Use Value
- Ohio Department of Agriculture Office of Farmland Preservation - Reynoldsburg, OH
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
Federal Endangered Species Tax Deduction
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Arlington, VA
Land and Historic Resource Tax Credit
Steve Seidel - Delaware Division of Revenue - Wilmington, DE
Land Preservation Tax Credit
Department of Conservation and Recreation - Land Conservation Program - Richmond, VA
Federal Incentives
Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program
U.S. Department of Defense - Washington, DC
Sustainable Ranges Initiative
John Conger, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment) - US Department of Defense
Irrigation Suppliers and Contractors
Agri Drain
Charlie Schafer - President - Adair, IA
B.B. Hobbs Company, Inc.
- Darlington, SC
BountiGel
mOasis Inc - Union City, CA
Maximized Water Management LLC
William (Bill) Fuchs - Owner - Chester, ID
Netafim Drip-Micro Irrigation Products
Netafim USA - Fresno, CA
Pump Monitor
PowWow Energy, Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA
Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Chris Roth - President - Deshler, NE
Tule Evapotranspiration
Tule Technologies Inc - Tom Shapland - Concord, CA
Mapping/Cartographic and GIS services
American Forest Management
- Charlotte, NC
David Anderton
American Forest Management - Region Manager - Richmond, VA
Duane E. Means
Foresters Incorporated - Blacksburg, VA
Environmental Services, Inc.
- Jacksonville, FL
Forest Synergy, LLC
James D. Funk, ACF - Locust Grove, VA
Gary R. Long, ACF
Ridgerunner Forestry, LLC - Pilot, VA
H & H Forest Management, Inc.
- South Hill, VA
Jackson Environmental Consulting Services, LLC
Jeremy L.Jackson - Ecologist, President/Owner - Richmond, KY
Sustainable Solutions LLC
James Remuzzi - President and Founder - Shepherdstown, WV
William H. Lock & Associates, Inc.
William H. Lock - Greensboro, NC
William L. Braford
Blue Chip Forestry - Forester - Natural Bridge Station, VA
Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc.
- Williamsburg, VA
Mediators
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
Virginia Agricultural Mediation Program
Wanda Johnson, Project Director - Virginia Agricultural Meditation Program, Virginia State University - Petersburg, VA
Riparian and Wetlands Specialists
Brian W. Morse
Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Afton, VA
Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage
Austin Jamison - Blue Ridge Coordinator - Charlottesville, VA
Environmental Services, Inc.
- Jacksonville, FL
Evergreen Environmental, LLC
Mark Renna - President - Wayne, NJ
Field Sport Concepts, LTD
- Charlottesville, VA
Jackson Environmental Consulting Services, LLC
Jeremy L.Jackson - Ecologist, President/Owner - Richmond, KY
Leif Riddervold
Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group - Environmental Scientist - Afton, VA
Marstel-Day, LLC
- Fredericksburg, VA
McChesney 'Ches' Goodall III
Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group - Consulting Forester - Afton, VA
Sustainable Solutions LLC
James Remuzzi - President and Founder - Shepherdstown, WV
Williamsburg Environmental Group, Inc.
- Williamsburg, VA
Seed / Seedling Suppliers
American Tree Seedling
- Bainbridge, GA
Appalachian Plant Materials Center
John Vandevender - PMC Manager - Alderson, WV
ArborGen
- Ridgeville, SC
ATS Partners, LLC
Chuck Whittaker - Bainbridge, GA
Bell Brothers, Inc.
- Claxton, GA
Bennett's Creek Nursery
- Suffolk, VA
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
- Gloucester, VA
Buckeye Nursery, Inc
- Perry, FL
Cape May Plant Materials Center
Christopher Miller - PMC Manager - Cape May Court House, NJ
Central Florida Lands & Timber Nursery, L.L.C.
- Mayo, FL
Chestnut Hill Nursery & Orchards
- Alachua, FL
Creative Land And Wildlife Solutions, LLC
Rans Thomas - Owner - Athens, GA
Davids Nursery, LLC
David Tankard - Exmore, VA
Deep South Growers
- Douglas, GA
DeepSouth Pine Nursery, Inc.
Gary Cannon, John Manning, Jim Hasty - Bascom, FL
Dwight Stansel Farm Nursery
- Wellborn, FL
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tom Stearns - Founder/Head Seedsman - Wolcott, VT
Ivy Garth Seeds & Plants, Inc.
- Chesterland, OH
J. R. Simplot Company
- Boise, ID
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Harry Fraser - General Manager - Winslow, ME
Lancaster Farms, Inc.
- Suffolk, VA
Lilley Farms & Nursery, Inc.
- Chesapeake, VA
Mobjack Nurseries, Inc.
- Foster, VA
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Osborne Seed Company, LLC
Chris Osborne - Mount Vernon, WA
Ranchland Development Inc.
Roland N. Spencer - Founder - Winfield, KS
Rock Bridge Trees
David Hughes - Bethpage, TN
Rocky Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Jeff Howell - Owner - Lucedale, MS
Shreckhise Nurseries
Daniel Shreckhise - Grottoes, VA
Speedling, Inc.
- Ruskin, FL
Superior Trees, Inc.
- Lee , FL
Virginia Department of Forestry
- Charlottesville, VA
Wildflower Farm
- Coldwater, ON
Soil / Water Testing Labs
DBSA Soil Testing & Research Laboratory
Joleen Hines - Laboratory Manager - Albuquerque, NM
Environmental Services, Inc.
- Jacksonville, FL
Perry Agricultural Laboratory
- Bowling Green, MO
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
State Funding / Technical Resources
AgrAbility Virginia
Kirk Ballin - Salem, VA
Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program
Walter A. Gills - Program Manager - Richmond, VA
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
- Arlington, VA
Conservation Easement program
Alison Teetor - Natural Resources Planner - Berryville, VA
Conservation Marketing Warehouse
Gary Waugh - DCR Public Relations Manager - Richmond, VA
Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Stephen G. Perry - Coordinator - Sanbornton, NH
Firewise Communities - Virginia
Virginia Department of Forestry - Charlottesville, VA
GoodFires
Southern Group of State Foresters - Garner, NC
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
Greg Conover - MICRA Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Marion, IL
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
John Doty - Communications Director - Knoxville, TN
Project WILD - Virginia
Suzie Gilley - Project WILD Coordinator - Richmond, VA
Purchase of Development Rights Programs
Andy Sorrell - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Richmond, VA
Rockbridge Easement Agreement Program
Chris Slaydon - Assistant Director - Lexington, VA
Southeast Prescribed Fire Update
North Carolina State University Extension Forestry - Raleigh, NC
The Bobwhite Quail in Virginia
VDGIF - Richmond, VA
The Chesapeake Bay Program
Nicholas DiPasquale, Director - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Annapolis, MD
Tom W. Zaebst
Virginia Department of Forestry - Assistant State Forest Manager - Cumberland, VA
Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost Share (VACS) Program
Department of Conservation and Recreation - Soil and Water - Richmond, VA
Virginia Agricultural BMP Tax Credit Program
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Soil and Water - Richmond, VA
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
Kim Niewolny - Program Director and Extension Specialist - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund
Walter Gills - Program Manager - Richmond, VA
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Kevin McLean - VCAP Coordinator - Mechanicsville, VA
Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Gary Moore - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Clyde Cristman - Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Robert 'Bob' W. Duncan - Executive Director - Richmond, VA
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
- Richmond, VA
Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program
Jennifer Gagnon - Virginia Cooperative Extension - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
Sarah Richardson - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Open-Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund
Brett Glymph - Director, Virginia Outdoors Foundation - Warrenton, VA
Virginia Recreational Trails Fund
Synthia Waymack - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Virginia Wildfire and Forest Protection
Virginia Department of Forestry - Fred Turck - Charlottesville, VA
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Woodland Steward Series
Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association, Extension Forestry-NC Cooperative Extension, NC Forest Service, US Forest Service - Raleigh, NC
USDA - FSA Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds
Kristine Evans, Program Coordinator - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Conservation Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Operating Loans & Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farm Ownership Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Grassland Reserve Program- REPEALED
USDA Farm Service Agency
Guaranteed Farm Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Livestock Indemnity Program
USDA FSA
Microloans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Source Water Protection Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program
USDA Farm Service Agency
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Mark Parson - Program Contact
Appalachian Plant Materials Center
John Vandevender - PMC Manager - Alderson, WV
Cape May Plant Materials Center
Christopher Miller - PMC Manager - Cape May Court House, NJ
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative
Rob McAfee - Chesapeake Bay Coordinator - Annapolis, MD
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Stacy Swartwood - National CIG Program Analyst - Washington, DC
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Fred Reaves - National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Manager
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Jason Weller, Chief - USDA-NRCS - Washington, DC
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
NRCS
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
USDA NRCS
Longleaf Pine Initiative
NRCS - Washington, DC
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Kimberli Stine - National GLC Coordinator - Fort Worth, TX
National Water Quality Initiative
USDA NRCS
Norman A Berg National Plant Materials Center
Ramon Ortiz - PMC Manager (acting) - Beltsville, MD
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Louis Aspey, Chief of Staff - Regional Conservationist - Washington, DC
Small scale solutions for your farm
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
Virginia Conservation Stewardship Program
John A. Bricker, State Conservationist - USDA-NRCS - Richmond, VA
Virginia Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Patrick Vincent - Richmond, VA
Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service
John A. Bricker - State Conservationist - Richmond, VA
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
USDA NRCS
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP)
NRCS
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Garry Lee - Acting Director, Easement Programs Division - Washington, DC
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
- Washington, DC
Working Lands for Wildlife
USDA - NRCS - Washington, DC
USDA Programs - Other
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
Denis Ebodaghe - National Program Leader - Division of Agricultural Systems - Washington, DC
Celebrate Urban Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca, NY
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
USDA Rural Development
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Douglas Keeler, Director - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
Food Linc
Jim Barham - USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
Local Food Promotion Program
Nicole Nelson Miller - LFPP Program Manager - Washington, DC
New Farmers
USDA
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Rita Meade - OCCSP Coordinator - Washington, DC
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Lori Washington - USDA Rural Development Loan Specialist
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Dr. Jimmy Avery, Director - Delta Research and Extension Center Mississippi State University - Stoneville, MS
The Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Business and Cooperative Programs - National Office, USDA Rural Development - Washington, DC
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
- Washington, DC
Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Office of Rural Development
Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Beth Schermerhorn - Education Support Specialist - Harrisonburg, VA
Water Districts and Associations
The Virginia Lakes & Watersheds Association
Andrew Gould - PresidentVA
Virginia Rural Water Association
Myrica Keiser - Executive Director - Buena Vista, VA
Virginia Section: American Water Works Association
Geneva Hudgins - Executive Manager - Lynchburg, VA
Virginia Water Environment Association
- Glen Allen, VA
Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
500-Year Forest Foundation
- Charlottesville, VA
American Forest Management
- Charlotte, NC
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Todd Fearer - Coordinator - Blacksburg, VA
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Mitch Hartley - Coordinator - Hadley, MA
Blue Ridge Forestry Consulting, Inc.
Jeremy A. Clem - Consulting Forester - Flint Hill, VA
Brian W. Morse
Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group - Certified Wildlife Biologist - Afton, VA
Bruce A. Riley
Riley Forestry - Owner, Forester - Halifax, VA
Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage
Austin Jamison - Blue Ridge Coordinator - Charlottesville, VA
Dowdy's Forest & Land Management
Matthew E. Dowdy - Louisa, VA
Duane E. Means
Foresters Incorporated - Blacksburg, VA
Environmental Services, Inc.
- Jacksonville, FL
Gary R. Long, ACF
Ridgerunner Forestry, LLC - Pilot, VA
Gelbert, Fullbright & Randolph Forestry Consultants
- Raleigh, NC
H & H Forest Management, Inc.
- South Hill, VA
Hilliard Estate and Land Management
Carter Hilliard - Principal - Charlottesville, VA
Jackson Environmental Consulting Services, LLC
Jeremy L.Jackson - Ecologist, President/Owner - Richmond, KY
John C. Smith
John Smith Forestry Services - Consulting Forester - Richmond, VA
Leif Riddervold
Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group - Environmental Scientist - Afton, VA
McChesney 'Ches' Goodall III
Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group - Consulting Forester - Afton, VA
Michael Skinner
Confluence Forestry & Land Management Services, Inc. - President - Blacksburg, VA
Paul Maslen
Parkton Woodland Services - Registered Professional Forester - Upperco, MD
Sustainable Solutions LLC
James Remuzzi - President and Founder - Shepherdstown, WV
Thomas W. Reisinger, ACF
Reisinger & Associates, Inc. - President - Blacksburg, VA
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Virginia Field Office
- Gloucester, VA
Wildland Forestry & Environmental, Inc
Brandon Price - Consulting Wildlife Forester - Madison, NC
Woodland Vegetation Management
Daniel Reynolds - Farmville, NC

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Guide for Organic Livestock Producers
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This guide is an overview of the process of becoming certified organic. It is designed to explain the USDA organic regulations as they apply to livestock producers.

 

Organic Farming: Results from the 2014 Organic Survey
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In 2014, the United States had 14,093 organic farms producing $5.5 billion in organic products.

 

Organic Certification Guide
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This publication provides an overview of organic certification and provides some additional resources for prospective organic farms and businesses.

 

National Organic Farming Handbook
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The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

 

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development
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This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.

 

Guide for Organic Crop Producers
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This guide is intended to help lead farmers through the organic certification process. Chapters 1 through 4 explain the National Organic Program (NOP) and describe the process of organic certification.

 

How to Choose a Certification Agency and the Organic Certification Process
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There are many USDA accredited certification agencies that can certify your farm or enterprise as organic. So how do you find the right agency to work with you? Here are some questions you should ask the agencies and some things to ask neighboring farmers.

 

What is Organic Certification?
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Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility located anywhere in the world complies with the USDA organic regulations and allows you to sell, label, and represent your products as organic.

 

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Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy.

 

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A Bee Organic
Sarah Costin and Ro Elgas - De Luz, CA
Agricultural Services Certified Organic (ASCO)
Katherine Borchard - ASCO Director - Salinas, CA
Americert International
Jonathan Austin - Gainesville, FL
Certified Naturally Grown
Alice Varon - Executive Director - Brooklyn, NY
Ecocert ICO
Dave DeCou - Greenwood, IN
EQIP Organic Initiative
Lindsay Haines - EQIP Specialist for Organic
Global Organic Alliance, Inc
Betty Kananen - President/CEO - Bellefontaine, OH
International Certification Services, Inc
Christina Dockter - President & CEO - Medina, ND
Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc.
Stephen Walker - Processor Certification and Compliance Manager - Viroqua, WI
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association
Susan Stewart - Organic Certification Specialist - St. Paul, MN
National Organic Program (NOP)
Miles McEvoy - Deputy Administrator - Washington, DC
Natural Food Certifiers
Reuven Flamer - Spring Valley, NY
OCIA International
Kevin Koester - President, USA - Lincoln, NE
OneCert, Inc.
Sam Welsch - Lincoln, NE
Oregon Tilth
- Corvallis, OR
Primus Auditing Operations
- Santa Maria, CA
Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.
- Saskatoon, SK
Quality Assurance International
Jonathan Lackie - San Diego, CA
Quality Certification Services
- Gainesville, FL
Scientific Certification Systems, Inc.
Ned Halaby - Emeryville, CA
Stellar Certification Services
Sally Lammers - Certification Director - Philomath, OR
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
USDA National Organic Program
Miles McEvoy - Deputy Administrator - Washington, DC
Organic Products and Services
Big Tree Organic Farms
Susan Cook - Customer Service - Turlock, CA
Certified Naturally Grown
Alice Varon - Executive Director - Brooklyn, NY
Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP)
- La Farge, WI
FarmPlate
Kim Werner - Founder & President - Hanover, NH
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tom Stearns - Founder/Head Seedsman - Wolcott, VT
Khimaira Farm
Linda and Leith Campbell - Luray, VA
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
Faye Jones - Executive Director - Spring Valley, WI
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- Butte, MT
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Brise Tencer - Executive Director - Santa Cruz, CA
Osborne Seed Company, LLC
Chris Osborne - Mount Vernon, WA
Radical Roots Farm
Dave and Lee O’Neill - Keezletown, VA
 

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Beginning Farmer News Items
Grants totaling $499521 awarded to six agriculture-related projects - Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
1/15/2018 2:15:43 AM
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) Grants totaling $499521 awarded to six agriculture-related projects Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) The Southwest Virginia project will also include “increased opportunities to develop markets for locally grown and harvested forest botanical, and our beginning farmer work,” said Crum. Currently, Crum said, ASD continues to search for more ...

Field of study - Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
10/23/2017 1:54:37 AM
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) Field of study Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) Part of the funding for the program for the next three years comes from a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant through a partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development of Abingdon, Virginia , said Close, who added, “We ...

Fauquier Education Farm quickly growing its bounty - Fauquier Now
9/1/2017 5:09:40 PM
Fauquier Now Fauquier Education Farm quickly growing its bounty Fauquier Now “We have tomatoes coming into production now,” explained Mr. Hankins, who earned a bachelor's degree in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's in sculpture from Ohio University. Of the five cabbage varieties planted, “three of ...

Farmers worry if younger generations will continue agrarian tradition - Daily Press
6/28/2016 6:38:36 PM
Daily Press Farmers worry if younger generations will continue agrarian tradition Daily Press Program will include: Representatives from Virginia Tech's Beginning Farmer /Rancher Coalition, Virginia State University's Small Farm Outreach Program, the Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation ...

Farm Income Opportunities News Items
Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets - West Virginia Public Broadcasting
7/16/2018 2:09:33 PM
West Virginia Public Broadcasting Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets West Virginia Public Broadcasting West Virginia Public Broadcasting logo. Telling West Virginia's ... He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms , Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contracted barns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products. On a ...

Virginia: Dairy farms weather long stretch of low milk prices - Wisconsin State Farmer
7/15/2018 3:34:00 PM
Wisconsin State Farmer Virginia : Dairy farms weather long stretch of low milk prices Wisconsin State Farmer CALLAWAY, VA (AP) — Despite stubbornly low milk prices forcing some dairy farmers to pinch pennies just to scrape by and others to call it quits and sell off their cattle, Bryan Matthews tries to remain optimistic. "At my age I have to be," says ... A ...

Dairy farms weather a long stretch of low milk prices, leaving some farms at risk - Roanoke Times
7/7/2018 10:32:32 PM
Roanoke Times Dairy farms weather a long stretch of low milk prices, leaving some farms at risk Roanoke Times A farmer's income is dependent on the price of milk, which they have no role in setting. There are complex systems ... Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, described dairy pricing ... and more »

Farm tours have become another source of income for farmers - Southwest Virginia Today
7/4/2018 5:56:07 PM
Southwest Virginia Today Farm tours have become another source of income for farmers Southwest Virginia Today Christy Ferrell Asbury wants to show you her farm near Cedar Bluff, Virginia . Same goes for Richard Hudson, ... Dick, specifically, considers this tour “just a great opportunity to showcase the agricultural diversity in the area.” jtennis@bristolnews ...

Trouble on the farm: loss of a dairy goat farm sparks push for new law - WHSV
6/26/2018 7:26:38 PM
WHSV Trouble on the farm : loss of a dairy goat farm sparks push for new law WHSV After years as a city planner, he and his wife Barb decided to start a dairy goat farm operation in Pendleton County, West Virginia , called "Peeper Pond Farm ." The couple had no idea the challenges they would face — having to shut down ... of his ...

House narrowly approves farm bill that could cut food stamps to millions of low-income Americans - CNBC
6/21/2018 5:13:11 PM
CNBC House narrowly approves farm bill that could cut food stamps to millions of low- income Americans CNBC The House narrowly approved an $867 billion farm bill with controversial provisions that could stop millions from receiving food stamps and toughen work requirements for program participants. The House's 213-211 ... "They're trying to find ways to cut ... State groups oppose House's draft of Federal Farm Bill Charleston Gazette-Mail Fight Over Food Stamps Among Big Hurdles Facing Farm Bill Roll Call Rally held in Charleston in support of Senate Farm Bill West Virginia MetroNews USDA Food and Nutrition Service  - Twitter  - US Government Publishing Office  - Illinois News Network all 699 news articles »

Farm Resources News Items
2018 On the Farm STEM Participants Announced - Farm Bureau News
3/8/2018 2:05:37 PM
Farm Bureau News 2018 On the Farm STEM Participants Announced Farm Bureau News ... Austin ISD, CTE Specialist (Austin, Texas); Dona Morgan, Floyd County Schools Georgia, Teacher (Cave Spring, Georgia); Donna Musick, Washington County, Virginia , Teacher (Damascus, Virginia ); Angel Pilcher, DeSoto County School, Teacher (Byhalia, ...

How Green Does Your (Urban) Garden Grow? - Richmond magazine (blog)
1/31/2016 8:36:21 AM
Richmond magazine (blog) How Green Does Your (Urban) Garden Grow? Richmond magazine (blog) Leonard Githinji, a Virginia State University assistant professor and extension specialist for sustainable and urban agriculture, can rattle off multiple organizations in Richmond involved in urban agriculture. It's worth hearing: “The city of Richmond ...

Inside Appalachia: What Would You Do if Your Grocery Store Disappeared? - West Virginia Public Broadcasting
7/10/2015 7:36:57 PM
West Virginia Public Broadcasting Inside Appalachia: What Would You Do if Your Grocery Store Disappeared? West Virginia Public Broadcasting Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands. Food deserts are a growing problem in West Virginia and across the country.

Saving the sport of brook trout fishing, one stream at a time - Environment & Energy Publishing
5/26/2015 10:08:13 AM
Saving the sport of brook trout fishing, one stream at a time Environment & Energy Publishing It is one of hundreds of streams that feed into the southern branch of the Potomac River headwaters in West Virginia . "It shouldn't be ... They understand the need to preserve their farm's resources for when they pass them along to their children. Plus ...

Organic Certification News Items
Cracking the Code - Richmond magazine (blog)
4/18/2018 3:59:31 PM
Richmond magazine (blog) Cracking the Code Richmond magazine (blog) Organic farms have to apply not only with the United States Department of Agriculture but also with the state government. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has an extensive application process. Organic certification is good ...