Author Archives: Jillian Broadwell

Market Maker Webinar

From Dr. Kim Morgan and Ben Garber.

Learn what Market Maker is, how it can help your operation, and how to use it!

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AgCache: When Geocaching meets the Ag Sector

Fostering rural and agricultural tourism: exploring the potential of geocaching,

Read the new agcache publication by Kathryn A. Boys, Katherine DuBreuil White, and Gordon Groover.

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Value and implications of corn stover removal from Virginia fields

Gordon Groover, Extension Economist.

Read the full corn stover publication.


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2017 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade





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2016 Snapshot of Virginia Agriculture


Info graphic courtesy of the VT Ag Econ Club.

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The Great Debate: Harvesting vs. Grazing Forage

Contributed by Carl Stafford, Senior Extension Agent, Animal Science, Culpeper County

Wintering cost is one of the biggest expenses in producing beef cattle. John Howe, Spotsylvania Extension Agent, explained the difference in the cost of a pound of dry matter from pasture vs. that from harvested feed. He found that the equipment harvested feed can run 3 to 4 times the cost of that harvested by cattle.  Gordon Groover supports Howe in his article, “What I Know about Forage Economics,” Virginia Forager, Fall 2016, page 7.  He finds that each ton of hay could have more than $200 per ton equipment depreciation before “out-of-pocket” expenses are added.

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Overhead Costs to Employ Agricultural Guest Workers

***Update: The Event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. We hope to reschedule for the Spring Semester.

Jillian Broadwell, Communication Specialist, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Please join us this Friday for a webinar with Dr. Derek Farnsworth, Ph.D.!

Dr. Farnsworth is an Extension Economist at the University of Florida and we look forward to sharing his insights as we broadcast the event live! Please find details for accessing the webinar below.


Friday, October 7, 2016 

3:00 – 4:00 pm, EST

How to join the meeting

Step 1.   Go to the meeting URL:

The WebEx meeting room will open by 2:30 pm EST for testing.  Enter your name and email address.  The meeting will begin promptly at 3:00 pm EST.  First-time WebEx users will be prompted to download and install the WebEx plug-in.  Once installed, you will be taken to the meeting Quick Start screen.

Step 2.  After joining the meeting, choose an audio option to hear the audio portion of the meeting.  Use the Call Me option with a telephone or the Call Using Computer option with your computer’s speakers or a headset.  You will not need a microphone or webcam for this meeting.

See the links below for more details about WebEx audio options.

A note about the WebEx plug-in for VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The WebEx plug-in will not install if you do not have administrative rights on your PC.  To confirm you can install the WebEx plug-in, go to to join a WebEx test meeting.

If you do not have the correct privileges to download and install the WebEx plug-in, you should see a link on the WebEx set-up screen that says, “Run a temporary application to join this meeting immediately.” If you click that link the WebEx Meeting window will display without the plug-in being installed.

Consult with the IT professional for your organization for assistance.



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