Latest Census Shows Virginia has Fewer Farms
Virginia had 200 fewer farms in 2012 than it did the previous year. The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation says the decline is typical and part of the up-and-down nature of agriculture. The state has 46,200 farms, but the number is a bit misleading. Only about one-tenth of that number is considered full-time operations.
Jim Pease is a professor of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech says while the total number of farms dipped in 2012, the number of larger operations increased.
There were 100 more farms generating between $250,000 and $500,000 and an equal number with earnings topping $500,000. The vast majority of farms are small, however. Forty-two thousand, for instance, sell less than $100,000 in product.
National Junior Angus Association Appoints Easterners to Board
Each year, twelve young men and women represent the Angus breed as the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board of Directors. Among the new additions to the 2013-14 NJAA Board are Cory Watt of Iva, South Carolina and Will Fiske of Greenville, Virginia. Watt has been an active member of the NJAA since 2000, attending his first NJAS in 2003. He will enter his senior year at Clemson University this fall, where he studies animal and veterinary science, with a focus in agriculture business.
Conferencing Senate and House Farms Bills Predictably hits a Snag
Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow says the House GOP Leadership has decided not to transmit to the Senate the House-passed farm-only farm bill until the House acts on a separate nutrition bill. Stabenow says there can be no House-Senate negotiations on a farm bill until the House sends its version to the Senate…
“We fully expected to receive it in the Senate right away and when Majority Floor Leader Cantor announced they were not going to send us the bill I was pretty stunned.”
The House will give a signal presumably sometime this week on what they’re going to do on nutrition.