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New farming documentary spotlights the next generation in agriculture - Farmland, a feature-length documentary film from award-winning director James Moll, will premier soon in movie theaters across the nation. The movie begins May 1 at theaters in Baltimore, Charlotte, Norfolk, Harrisburg, and Washington, DC. The movie offers viewers an intimate, first-hand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers across the United States. It chronicles their high-risk, high-reward jobs and their passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation.  More at our farm news page>>
WVU to host webinar on agriculture, climate change - West Virginia University will host a free web-based seminar on climate change and its implications for regional agriculture on April 25. The webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, a professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “There is growing interest among those in the agricultural community about how the temperature and precipitation changes that are forecasted to occur over the next decades may affect food production in the Northeast region,” said Goetz.  More at our farm news page>>
Farmers' markets seen as economic opportunity in Virginia - State Ag officials say one of the best ways to enjoy the bounty of spring, summer and fall is to shop at one of the state’s many farmers’ markets. As the demand for Virginia products has increased, so has the number of farmers’ markets in the state. According to www.VirginiaGrown.com, Virginia has more than 240 farmers’ markets statewide. That’s a 180 percent increase in markets since 2006. Research by Virginia Cooperative Extension has shown that if each household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products, consumers would invest an additional $1.65 billion back into the local economy each year.  More at our farm news page>>
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NC farmers intend to plant more cotton & soybeans in 2014 - According to a recent news release from the North Carolina office of National Agricultural Statistics Service, corn plantings in North Carolina this spring are expected to total 850,000 acres in 2014, down 9 percent from 2013. Cotton acreage, however, is expected to be up with growers intending to plant 470,000 acres in 2014, 1 percent more than last year. Soybean plantings, at 1.6 million acres, are expected to increase 10 percent from 2013. More at our farm news page>>
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