GRANTS WILL SUPPORT 10 AGRICULTURE-RELATED PROJECTS
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competitiveness of our specialty crops,” said Governor Northam. “These grants fund important projects that will help improve food safety for growers, boost agricultural development, and create new market opportunities, especially in our rural areas.”
Some of the grants VDACS awarded included:
Making Food Safety Certification and Compliance Attainable for the Virginia Specialty Crop Industry in Light of Market and Regulatory Changes, Ms. Kathlyn Terry, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon
Appalachian Sustainable Development will enhance the competitiveness of fresh fruits and vegetables by providing training and one-on-one technical assistance to specialty crop farmers across Virginia and by determining the Food Safety Modernization Act mandated Current Good Manufacturing Practices requirements for produce packing facilities.
Seventy produce farmers will be prepared to obtain USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Harmonized GAP, or Harmonized GAP Plus+ certification, with 30 farmers achieving GAP certification.
Additionally, 22 producers will be prepared to meet the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule requirements with the addition of Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings.
Out of the Woods: Creating a Sustainable Medicinal Herb Supply Chain in Appalachia, Ms. Katie Commender, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Abingdon
Appalachian Sustainable Development will increase the profitability and long-term survival of the forest botanical supply chain in Virginia and beyond by building up planting stock availability to incentivize forest farming, secure profitable markets that value conservation through cultivation, and increase training, processing, and aggregation services to successfully connect forest farmers to growing demand.
THE WEST VIRGINIA BREEDERS CLASSIC
Post time is 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 for the 33rd edition of the West Virginia Breeder’s Classic races at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia.
The 33rd edition of the West Virginia Breeder’s Classic races arescheduled for Saturday, October 12 at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia. Post time is 7 p.m
Top horses, jockeys and trainers from around the United States will be competing hereagain this year. The evening willfeature the $300,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic along with supporting WVBC races, including the Jefferson Security Bank “Cavada,” Triple Crown, Vincent Moscarelli Memorial, WV Lottery, “Dash For Cash,” Division of Tourism, WVTBA “Onion Juice,” and Distaff.
Carol Holden is president of the West Virginia Breeders Classics, which she co-founded 33 years ago with partner Sam Huff, a fellow horse enthusiast, NFL Hall of Famer and native West Virginian. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in purses have been awarded. Carol oversees horses eligible for the Classics, arranges location, entertainment, food, invitations, decorations for an annual gala, and serves as liaison with the West Virginia Racing Commission and racing office. Then there are trophies and presentations along with special guests, a sponsor reception and television coverage. Details at: www.wvbc.com.