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AAEC Welcomes Travis Mountain as a new Extension Specialist

Travis Mountain started work as an Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Financial and Economic Well-being in the AAEC Department in August 2015. He comes to Virginia Tech after completing his Ph.D. in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University. He completed a M.S. in Consumer Behavior and Family Economics in 2008 and a B.S. degree in Consumer Science with a concentration in Personal Finance in 2004, both degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Continue reading

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AAEC Welcomes Olga Isengildina-Massa

Olga Isengildina started work in the AAEC Department in August 2015 as an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics. She comes to Virginia Tech from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to her position in Texas she held both an Assistant and Associate Professor positions at Clemson University (2006 to 2013). She completed her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 2000 with a minor in Finance and received a M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1996, both from Mississippi State University. She completed a B.A. in English Philology from Tashkent State University in 1993. Since completing her Ph.D., she has conducted research and taught courses in Texas, South Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi, and Georgia. Continue reading

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Two Virginia regions selected for Stronger Economies Together initiative

Martha Walker (walker53@vt.edu), Community Viability Specialist, Agricultural Law, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech.set

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Virginia Cooperative Extension have announced that two Virginia regions were selected for the 2015-16 Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative. The Eastern Shore, consisting of Accomack and Northampton counties and Tangier Island, and the Mount Rogers Planning District, made up of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe counties and the cities of Bristol and Galax, will benefit from a focused initiative to explore regional economic advantages and to formulate economic blueprints for the regions. Continue reading

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Dairy-Margin Protection Program (MPP)

Jeremy Daubert jdaubert@vt.edu, Rockingham County Dairy Extension Agent

It is time again to consider signing up for the Dairy-Margin Protection Program (MPP). This year’s election period runs through September 30th for the 2016 production year. Every farm that enrolled for 2015 will need to re-enroll before the deadline. You may enroll at a different coverage level than you did the previous year or at the same level. The chart below shows the premiums at each coverage level. The premium is per cwt (100 lbs of milk shipped) and is in addition to the $100 fee. Continue reading

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Virginia Tech Income Tax School

By L. Leon Geyer (geyer@vt.edu), Professor, Agricultural Law, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

 This year we offer three seminars: 1) Introductory Tax Preparation 2) General Income Tax and 3) CPA Ethics.

1. Introductory Tax Preparation Seminar

Two 1-day seminars offered as live instruction. These seminars are designed for those who wish to prepare tax returns and will focus on IRS form 1040. It is designed for those who are new to taxes, or those who simply seek a refresher course. Those interested can attend in Roanoke on Jan. 4th or Richmond on Jan. 5th. Please refer to www.tax.vt.edu for more information. Continue reading

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Rose Jeter Accepts a New Challenge

Gordon E. Groover, Extension Economist, Farm Management, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

In August 2015, Rose Jeter will take a new position as Agriculture Marketing Coordinator with Riverside Research. Riverside Research is a non-profit company that owns the National Food MarketMaker portal https://foodmarketmaker.com/ which Virginia just recently joined as the 21st member state. In her new position she will be responsible for providing leadership in developing marketing, education, and research related programs and project that increases value to its members. Since Virginia is one of those members we will continue to benefit from her excellent work and leadership, we’ll just have to share her skills with 20 other states. Continue reading

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Virginia Market Maker and VT Kohl Centre students win 2015 Farm Credit National Market Maker Innovation Award

Dr. Kim Morgan, Assistant Professor and Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow

Virginia Market Maker, a web-based portal that serves as a virtual marketplace for producers, distributors, and sellers, and buyers of agricultural products, seeks to provide farm-to-fork access to participants in the food supply chain. Continue reading

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Virginia Market Maker, Part II: Featured Virginia Agribusiness on Virginia Market Maker!

Dr. Kim Morgan, Assistant Professor and Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow

Market Maker, a web-based portal that serves as a virtual marketplace for producers, distributors, and sellers, and buyers of agricultural products, seeks to provide farm-to-fork access to participants in the food supply chain.va-MarketMakerLogo-rgb Continue reading

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The Management Calendar

Gordon Groover, Extension Economist, Farm Management, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Listed below are a few items that might be of interest to farm business managers: Continue reading

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No Farmer is an Island

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

In late May I had the opportunity to travel with a friend to visit the farm and ranch that she grew up on which is located 150 miles southeast of Calgary, Alberta. This is an area that has dry land farming and ranching where the stocking density is four cows per quarter section (160 acres). Within the last two months two disasters struck a fourth generation rancher/farmer and his family. Continue reading

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