Buying a farm in Virginia is a very serious decision and information about the farming community as well as farming programs and regulations can aid in making an educated decision. Below are several links that can assist you in learning more about the Virginia and Charlottesville farming community.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a statistics division called the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The NASS conducts agricultural census reports every five years. At this site you can research production down to the county level.
At the Virginia Department of Forestry site, you can learn about Virginia's forests, conservation programs and many of their programs and services for Virginia land owners.
The local cooperative extension offices are kept up to date on the latest research coming from Virginia Tech and other agricultural universities. Many of the agents are specialists in their field and have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with local farmers.
Virginia Tech is Virginia's land grant university and provides the Virginia farmer with research and advice on all types of agricultural endeavors.
The Farm Serives Agency is a division of USDA. There are several offices scattered throughout Virginia. These offices offer advice on all the various USDA programs.
The USDA has many programs to help farmers throughout the country.
This page shows many of the USDA newsletters as they relate to Virginia farmers and growers.
The Conservation Reserve Program is administered by the USDA and pays farmers to remove environmentally sensitive land from farm production and replace it with trees or other vegetation.
This USDA program helps farmers to install conservation practices on their farms.
The Emergency Conservation Program is in place for farmers in need a conservation programs due to a natural disaster.
EQIP is administered through the Natural Resources Conservation Services Offices of USDA and helps farmers voluntarily build conservation practices.
This is the Virginia page for the USDA NCRS. It explains many of the programs that Virginia farmers are eligible to participate in.
This site provides information on federal forestry programs as well as gives advice on tax issues as they relate to forestry manangement.
Colonial Farm Credit and Farm Credit of Virginia
Farm Credit provides loans for the purchase of farms as well as for production loans. They are not limited to farms though, they also provide loans for country homes as well.
Virginia Conservation Programs
Piedmont Environmental Council
The Nature Conservancy
Virginia Farm Bureau
Virginia Vineyard Association
Virginia Angus Association
1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges
Conservation Easements in Virginia
Building a Pond in Virginia
Fencing Cost Comparisons
This is an Excel Spreadsheet created by Virginia Tech.
|CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA REAL ESTATE TAX RATES
As of December 2016
|City of Charlottesville||.95/$100|