Monthly Archives: April 2014

Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade Presentations

The following are presentations that were presented at the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on March 6-7, 2014 in Richmond, VA.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Panama Canal
Panama Canal Video
USA Poultry and Egg Export Council Continue reading

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New Publication from AAEC: A regional economics–based research agenda for local food systems

A regional economics–based research agenda for local food systems, authored by Kathryn Boys, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics Virginia Tech and David W. Hughes, Professor Clemson University. Continue reading

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New Publication from AAEC and VCE: Grain and Soybean Production and Storage in Virginia: A Summary and Spatial Examination

Grain and Soybean Production and Storage in Virginia: A Summary and Spatial Examination, authored by Peter Caffarelli, Graduate Research Assistant, Gustavo Ferreira, Assistant Professor, Gordon Groover, Associate Professor, and Kathryn Boys, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics all of Virginia Tech Continue reading

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Agricultural Energy Efficiency Initiative (AEEI)[1]

Martha Walker, Extension Specialist, Community Viability, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics.
John Ignosh, Extension Specialist, Agriculture By-Product Utilization

Southside and Southwest Virginia farmers interested in energy efficiency improvements are invited to apply to the Agricultural Energy Efficiency Initiative (AEEI).  At least 60 farmers in the Tobacco Region who are accepted into the AEEI will be allocated a $5,000 energy account that will provide 1) access to and funding for energy audits and renewable feasibility studies and 2) a cost-share program for retrofit and/or renewable systems.  In addition, participants will have opportunities to participate in educational programs on energy efficiency practices and technologies.   Continue reading

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International Wine Trade between the US and the EU – An Overview

Joao Ferreira, Consultant, Mid-Atlantic Wine and Agribusiness Marketing Solutions.
Gustavo Ferreira, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech.

 Introduction

 Virginia winemakers should never underestimate the importance of the global market and should be aware of its dynamics. This need for global awareness is particularly strong given the growing number of international competitors within the U.S. wine market and the burgeoning business opportunities in new markets such as Asia. Future market opportunities may surge following the signature of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Trade negotiations are of special importance for American wine makers because: (1) the European Union and the United States are major trade partners; (2) the European Union is the world’s largest wine producer; and (3) the United States is now the largest world wine market. Continue reading

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Will horse owners buy my hay?

Peter Callan, Extension Agent, Farm Business Management, Northern District

A common question received at local extension offices during hay making seasoJennifer Nicole (Jeni) Lamb, PSci; with horse at Paris Mtn Stablesn begins with the phrase, “I just baled xx acres of nice green hay.” The initial phrase is followed by the following comment , “How much do you think the horse owners will pay for it?”

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The Management Calendar

Gordon Groover, Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Listed below are the items that need to be included on the farm business managers’ calendar for spring of 2014. Continue reading

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How Grain is Transported in the U.S. (part 2)

Gustavo Ferreira, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech.

Peter Caffarelli,  Research Assistant, Agricultural and Applied Economics Dept., Virginia Tech.

Introduction

The purpose of this article is to discuss grain transportation in the United States (U.S.) in terms of the final destination – domestic or international. This is a particularly important issue given that grain production and the food and feed industries are often geographically distant from each other. In the case of foreign markets, the logistical requirements become even more complex and a well-developed transportation system is needed. Grain relies on barge, rail, and truck to facilitate its movement within the U.S. This study uses data on grain transportation that has been gathered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and the period of analysis goes from 1978 to 2010. Continue reading

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Farmers are Important Environmentalists

Jack Bardo, Research Assistant, and L. Leon Geyer, Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics Department, Virginia Tech

 Like many human interactions with nature, agriculture has a deep effect on environmental quality. However, when practiced sustainably agriculture’s environmental impact can remain minimal. Because the free market system often does not incentivize sustainable agriculture,[1] the Farm Bill contains a title to incentivize conservation in the agricultural industry. While conservation is considered by many to be a modern public policy concern, the Farm Bill has contained various conservation provisions since The Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1938 (AAA). These provisions were enacted “in response to the environmental catastrophe known as the Dust Bowl that occurred during the Great Depression. The legislation established agricultural policy to support the production of sustainable food and fiber and help restore confidence in agricultural markets.”[2] Due to increased environmental awareness, conservation programs have grown in number and scope since 1938. The 1985 bill was the first to contain an individual conservation title.[3] The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) or Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) administer most conservation programs. Some programs operate on a voluntary incentive basis while others will disqualify farmers who do not participate from receiving other federal assistance. Continue reading

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Farm Bill Webinar: Commodity, Conservation, and Crop Insurance Titles

Dr. Jim Pease gives insight into the Commodity Title, Conservation Title and relevant portions of the Crop Insurance Title pieces of the Agricultural Act of 2014 this tapped webinar:http://connect.ag.vt.edu/p38z40z47yg/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal. Continue reading

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