Monthly Archives: October 2015

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


Information about the Conference can be found at

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The Management Calendar

Gordon Groover (, 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 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.

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Growing Farm Profits Online Courses, offered by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

Over the past five years, Southern SAWG and our partners have helped hundreds of diversified vegetable producers improve their profitability with our Growing Farm Profits program. Now the Southern SAWG training team has drilled down a little deeper into some of the recurring issues farmers face as they wrestle with profitability on their farms. This fall we will be addressing three of these issues in a series of one-hour webinars specifically designed for agricultural professionals who help diversified vegetable producers in the South. All webinars will begin at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) and are free of charge. Here’s the rundown (see for details):

  • Record Keeping for Profit Management for Vegetable Growers, October 22, 2015, 3:30 pm (ET)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Vegetable Equipment Purchasing Decisions, November 19, 2015, 3:30 pm (ET)
  • Schedule F vs Profitability Accounting for Vegetable Farming, December 17, 2015, 3:30 pm (ET)
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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 farm record book. As we enter the last quarter of 2015, it is time to order a new copy of the Virginia Cooperative Extension “Farm Record Book: Expenses and Receipts” (Publication 446-017). This 120-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. Virginia Cooperative Extension “Farm Record Book: Expenses and Receipts” is available from Virginia Cooperative Extension for $12.00. Call or visit your local extension office to order VCE Publication 446-017. If you want to order 446-017 online (there is an $8.00 shipping charge) visit for instructions. If you have questions contact me at (540) 231-5850.

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