2050 and 9 billion. These are numbers that every agricultural producer should know and understand. In 2050, more than 9 billion people will inhabit this planet. Healthy soils are the key to producing the food and fiber needed to feed a growing population.
A Virginia proposal to address the state’s top natural resource concerns through increased adoption of forestry practices is among 110 state and national projects set to receive a share of more than $370 million through USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCCP).
For landowners interested in conservation easements, good things really do come to those who wait. From the agreement date to signing, the average easement now closes in 18 to 24 months. In fact, 53 of the state’s 112 easements were closed in the last five years.
Interested in extending your growing season for fresh market vegetables and other crops with a seasonal high tunnel? This may be your year! NRCS has lifted the size limits on hoop houses for FY15 and you are eligible to apply again if you installed one under the 2008 Farm Bill.
Virginia has been part of USDA's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity since 2013, reaching out to make programs and services more accessible to all citizens. Learn how our StrikeForce team helped this Eastern Shore grower buy land to continue his family farming heritage.
Learn more about Virginia soil health champions like Anthony Beery.
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