Agriculture Development Offices
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35 Culpeper Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
FAX: 540-422-8277


To promote the agriculture industry within Fauquier County, to increase the economic viability of farming and to advise the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors on matters affecting the agricultural economy and its development.



8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Agricultural Development

Ray Pickering
PHONE: 540-422-8280
FAX: 540-422-8277

Wayne Harne
Conservation Easement/Land Use Inspector, Staff
PHONE: 540-270-2544

Judith Dodson
PDR Program Associate
PHONE: 540-422-8280
FAX: 540-422-8277

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Current Events & News

  • VDACS reimbursement to growers is available up to $750 or 75% of costs for organic certification. Contact: Kent Lewis at VDACS: 804-371-6098.

  • Fauquier County Departments of Agricultural Development and Community Development undertook an Impact of Agriculture Study in 2013. The study utilized the expertise of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to examine the local agricultural economy looking at production trends, value-added production, and agritourism. The study also documents the indirect impacts of agriculture throughout the economy.
    Click here to read the full study.

  • Public Notice - Fauquier County’s Purchase of Development Rights Program will open a new application cycle beginning May 19, 2014 through July 31, 2014.

  • A Workshop for Veterans on Farming with Heritage Breeds of Livestock and Poultry - June 6-7, 2014, 7373 Comfort Inn Drive, Warrenton VA 20187

  • The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program - All classes to be held at Middleburg Agriculture Research & Extension Center, 5527 Sullivans Mill Road, Middleburg, VA 22117

  • Winter Learning Series Third Workshop - Topic: Leveraging Your Lender to Grow Your Ag Business - 03/06/14, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.(Free)

  • The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants. Agricultural associations, industry groups, community based organizations and producer groups that seek to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit proposals for grants up to $50,000. The deadline for submitting applications is March 21, 2014.

    Guidelines, instructions and an application are available online at or via email to: Melissa Ball at

  • The annual Forum for Rural Innovation will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Winchester. Please see the brochure for more details.

  • Dear Land Owner: The Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department would like to offer you this opportunity to be included in the 2014-2015 Fauquier County Farm Product and Services Directory. We would also like to offer you the opportunity to register for the use of the Fauquier Agriculture HomeGrown label for your agricultural products. Click here to know more...

  • Winter Learning Series Second Workshop - Topic: Legal Issues with Farmland Leasing - 02/06/14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Food System Plan Public Meeting; 2 available meeting dates; November 13 and also November 14, 2013. The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will be conducting an economic analysis of the region’s food system and is seeking public input. Please join us at one of the introductory meetings. Whether you are a producer or concerned consumer, you have a fork at the table.

  • Fauquier County Staff is partnering with the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center to conduct an Agricultural Impact Study. This study, along with the survey of local farmers that was conducted this spring, will help measure the impacts of the local agricultural economy as well as identify regional industry trends and needs. The Ag Impact Study should be completed by mid-2014.

  • A new workbook to help farmers plan the transition of their farm or forest property from one generation to another is now available from Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions” contains useful information on developing a vision for the future, evaluating your farm resources, farm transfer tools and meeting with professional advisors. Click on this link to learn more. Copies are now available at the Agricultural Development Department office.

  • Check out the Fauquier Fresh Brochure (last updated 06/13). If you’d like to be included in this brochure, please contact the Agricultural Development Department at (540) 422-8280.

  • Hear about the importance of “local” food in this video produced by Virginia Farm Bureau and featuring Tom Davenport (owner of Hollin Farms in Delaplane) and Matt Benson of Virginia Cooperative Extension.Link


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Date Last Modified: 07/23/2014


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