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Emerging trends in U.S. agriculture suggest that in order to enhance our agricultural resource base, we need to establish, sustain, and preserve our
farms, farmers, and farmland. A growing number of nongovernmental groups, cooperative extension services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies are working to improve the viability of newfarms and the economic, social, and environmental fabric in which they are entrenched (Niewolny and Lillard 2010).
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
April 15, 2016