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Water quality efforts working, bay program reports

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The Chesapeake Bay Program announced March 26 that water quality in the bay met its highest level since monitoring began in 1985, besting its previous record reported in 2017.

Farmers optimistic about conservation funding proposal

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Environmentalists and farmers are greeting a proposal to expand state funding for water quality improvements with open arms.

Preservation efforts gain traction with Loudoun supervisors’ votes

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In a Dec. 4 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved two conservation initiatives proposed to help preserve the county’s rural areas.

Loudoun board takes steps to consider partial funding of conservation easements

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Preserving Loudoun County’s rural areas is at the heart of a recent move by county supervisors.

Everyone can benefit from soil and water conservation districts

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The state’s 47 soil and water conservation districts will use $7.2 million this fiscal year to help Virginians implement conservation practices.

Environment-friendly projects may be eligible for assistance

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Virginia’s soil and water conservation districts historically have helped farmers implement conservation practices, but now they are helping homeowners as well.

Close to 100,000 acres of Va. farmland in conservation program

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Just three years after Virginia’s Resource Management Plan Program was implemented, the program has far exceeded its goal.

Bay celebration to showcase farm conservation efforts

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Virginia farmers will be part of a June 10 celebration marking Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

Transfer of CRP land to next generation of farmers is now easier

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On Jan. 9 the U.S. Department of Agriculture began allowing farmers and ranchers to terminate their Conservation Reserve Program contracts early in order to transfer property to the next generation.

Farm group working to find funding for environmental practices

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If it hadn’t been for state cost-share money, Ronnie Nuckols said, he wouldn’t have been able to install 14 fences to keep his cattle out of streams.

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