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Dairy Cow
Enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program will continue through Sept. 20. Virginia is home to more than 450 Grade A dairy farms.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, the DMC is among enhanced safety net features in the 2018 Farm Bill for small, medium and large dairy farms. Producers can participate in both the DMC and Dairy Revenue Protection programs for the same milk.

The DMC makes payments when the national income-over-feed-cost margin falls below a set level. It is expected to provide more support than the Margin Protection Program it replaced, and it is more affordable, with premiums reduced 30 percent for the top tier of coverage.

The premium for a second, lower tier, available to those who need coverage on more than five million pounds of milk annually, was reduced 88 percent. Premiums were lowered to encourage more dairy farmers to enroll in the program, increasing the likelihood they could survive a price collapse, a spike in feed costs or a combination of the two.

Program sign-ups will provide coverage retroactive to January, with applicable payments following soon after enrollment. Producers can find information about the DMC at, along with a DMC decision tool at

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Trinity Episcopal Church floral donations
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Diane G. Murphy, Ph.D., associate broker with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Diane Murphy, representing TTR Sotheby’s International Real Estate, was among the speakers in a July 4 ceremony in Upperville to unveil three Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers honoring the late Paul Mellon, his Rokeby Stables and his late first wife, Mary Elizabeth Conover Mellon.

TTR Sotheby’s was a sponsor for the unveiling of the Commonwealth of Virginia markers—two at the intersection of Rokeby Road and Route 50 and the other across the street from Upperville’s Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 50. Ms. Murphy paid tribute to Mr. Mellon’s generosity in funding a variety of worthy causes over many years, saying, “We feel the spirit of hope and generosity from the earliest days of our Republic to the good works of the Mellon family and we are most grateful.”


Nick Jenkins
Photo © by Vicky Moon

Nick Jenkins recently celebrated his birthday with friends and family for an evening of Twilight Jumpers at Great Meadow in The Plains.


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Blackburn Architects
Photo © by Vicky Moon

Blackburn Architects, a Washington, D.C. based architectural firm that specializes in equine facilities of all types, is currently designing a new lameness assessment center addition at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg.

The new Youngkin Equine Soundness Clinic will be located in an unoccupied area to the southeast of the existing barns and connect to the existing Fout Barn, used as an equine podiatry evaluation facility.

A team of designers from Blackburn Architects provided master planning services to evaluate the existing site to determine where best to place the new lameness evaluation center.
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Wisdom Sale

A huge sale of 50 % off all merchandise will begin at Wisdom Gallery at 10 S. Madison Street beginning Friday, July 5. For details call 540-687-3909

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