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Every year the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors selects one farm per member county to receive a State Clean Water Farm Award based on the farm’s accomplishments and commitment to land stewardship and conservation management. In addition, each year the Conservation District submits its nomination to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the next higher level award, the Grand River Basin Award. In 2020, the Goodall Family Farm in Madison County was selected for both awards. Senator Emmett Hanger and the Department of Conservation and Recreation traveled to Madison County to present the awards to the Goodall’s at their farm.

In the late 1970s the United States Department of Agriculture and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality teamed up to complete the first National Agricultural Lands Study. The results of the study showed that the US was losing farmland at alarmingly high rates. Frustrated that traditional agricultural organizations weren’t devoting energy to this problem a group of philanthropists, environmentalists and farmers banded together in 1980 to form the American Farmland Trust, an organization focused on applying land conservation principles to agriculture.

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Best: The actual CEO of alt-milk manufacturer Oatly sits at a keyboard in a field, singing a pro-oat-milk jingle he apparently wrote himself. “It’s like milk, but made for humans” and “Wow, no cow” are among the lyrics. With obviously DIY ads, there’s a fine line between charming and cheap. This one is way over on the charming side. (But oat milk still tastes like, you know, oats.)

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One of the early favorites at the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The American gray/roan-colored colt captured the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland.

Central Virginia has been home to a lot of horses—show horses, working horses, pets and racehorses. One of the top 3-year-old Thoroughbreds this season even called Barboursville home for a spell. 

November 18, 1937 - August 14, 2020 Fred Henry Jackson, 82, of Ruckersville, Virginia, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020. Fred was born o…

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