2016 Virginia Market Maker News, Update #1: Virginia Market Maker: A Year in Review.

Kim Morgan (klmorgan@vt.edu), Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics (540) 231-3132

MarketMaker, 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. Currently, alternative online lists and portals are offered that contribute to connecting people and businesses involved in the production, distribution, storage and sales of local food,   and resources produced by Virginia farms and agribusinesses. This purpose of this article is to highlight the unique characteristics of MarketMaker that offer added value to registered businesses and consumers who seek to use the portal as a marketing strategy to improve overall profitability of their operation.

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2016 Virginia Market Maker News, Update#2: Virginia Market Maker is on the road and coming to a near you!

Kim Morgan (klmorgan@vt.edu), Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics (540) 231-3132

MarketMaker, 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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What Do We Mean by Value-added Agriculture?

New From the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Magazine “Choices” is an article by Ruoxi Lu and Rebekka Dudensing on defining value-added agriculture: “Adding value to agricultural products through processing, product segregation, and other avenues is important to small farms, consumers, and rural economies. However, definitions of “value-added” can be conflicting and confusing. This article adapts a comprehensive definition and conceptual framework to meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders.” Please find this article at: www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/submitted-articles/what-do-we-mean-by-value-added-agriculture 

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The Management Calendar

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

Selective information that might be useful to farmers and their advisers: Continue reading

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Time to Order your Farm Record Book

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

Time to order your Virginia Cooperative Extension “Farm Record Book: Expenses and Receipts” (Publication 446-017). This 126-page record book provides an organized way of keeping track of annual financial, labor and personnel, and production-related records. It provides forms for many categories of expenses, receipts, labor, and financial summaries to meet the needs of most agriculturally-related businesses using cash accounting methods. Column headings are included for major items with some columns remaining blank for your own headings. Forms are arranged to facilitate transferring totals to income tax forms (Schedule F, tax deprecation, and Form 4797) and to help complete end-of-the-year analysis. For Virginia residents the  “Farm Record Book: Expenses and Receipts” is available for $12.00, please contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office to place an order. A PDF version can be printed at home at no charge: Note for best results, print on 8.5- x 14-inch paper, landscape orientation, and two-sided (the publication is 126 pages long). For out-of-state clients to purchase a copy please use this online purchasing option. The cost will be $12 plus $8 shipping. If you have questions please contact me.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension offers 10 tips for consumers using new credit chip cards

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 20, 2015 – Credit and debit card holders will have an added measure of safety this holiday shopping season in the form of an embedded chip that makes the cards difficult to counterfeit and protects consumers from fraudulent transactions.

Millions of new cards will be issued in the coming years as the old ones with magnetic strips are slowly phased out. Continue reading

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2016 Winter Forage Conferences to Feature Experts on Tall Fescue

Theme: Tall Fescue in the 21st Century: Understanding and Managing Tall Fescue in Grazing Systems
Gordon Groover, Extension Specialist, Ag and Applied Economics, VA Tech

Dates: January 26-29, 2016

Tall Fescue in the 21st Century is the theme for the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) winter forage conferences. This year’s conference highlights current knowledge and practice that producers can apply to management of their tall fescue based grazing systems. This year’s speakers are nationally recognized experts in tall fescue production and management. The morning program will focus on understanding issues and problems with tall fescue and the afternoon program will explore potential solutions to these problems. Continue reading

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Save the Date – 2016 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade

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Information about the Conference can be found at
https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=GOVE85E.

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The Management Calendar

Gordon Groover (groover@vt.edu), Extension Economist, Farm Management, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Anyone interested in understanding of contact agriculture should reader the current issue of “Choices,” published by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and can be found at http://www.choicesmagazine.org/. Continue reading

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Tapping Into Big Data to Improve Agro-Environmental Outcomes

This article can be found in the the current issue of “Choices,” published by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Private-public data partnerships have the potential to advance agricultural knowledge infrastructures while benefiting farmers, agribusinesses and the environment. These partnerships could collect information that improves on-farm management, food quality, and science-based environmental management. New communication technologies could lower the cost of better data while preserving privacy and confidentiality.

http://www.choicesmagazine.org/choices-magazine/submitted-articles/tapping-into-big-data-to-improve-agro-environmental-outcomes

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