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The Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department offers support and programs for the promotion, marketing, and preservation of Fauquier County agriculture. The Agricultural Development Department manages the Purchasing Developmental Rights Program (PDR). The PDR Program allows landowners to enter into voluntary agreements to sell the development potential of qualifying property to the County while maintaining the right to continue to own and use the property. The purpose of the PDR Program is to protect farmland and retain the agricultural industry’s critical mass, in particular, farm parcels that are economically viable operations. Fauquier County leads the Commonwealth in the preservation of farmland through PDR. 


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  •  We are excited to see everyone at the Farm Tour so save the date! Fauquier Fall Farm Tour will be held October 12th, 2019 from 10-4. The Fall Farm Tour Brochure is Here!           Note: Farm Stop #3 - is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. But come out and enjoy all the others! 
  • Take Back Your Pastures   Post Date: 09/06/2019 9:30 AM   John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District and will host a “Take Back Your Pastures!” program, September 19, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at The Chapman Farm in Bealeton.  Weather extremes and competition from invasive weed species, can stress traditional pasture grasses.  Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, Tim Mize, will highlight several weeds and control options.  Participants will also tour select conservation practices that have been installed on The Chapman Farm, and learn more about the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program.  In addition, Virginia Department of Forestry staff will review a range of landowner services including tree planting, forest stewardship plans and timber stand evaluation.This free education program is open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.  Directions to the host farm will be provided to registered participants.  RSVP to John Marshall SWCD at 540-347-3120 x3 or email by Tuesday, September 17.Having trouble viewing this email? View on the website instead.Change your eNotification preference.Unsubscribe from all Fauquier County, VA eNotifications 
  • New 2019-2020 Farm Product Directory is here! Call or email for a hardcopy. 540-422-8280 
  • Have questions about Nonagricultural Fill materials? We have answers! Click here: Nonagricultural Fill FAQs 
  •  Information on Virginia Industrial Hemp Research Program is available from the Virginia Department of Agricultural & Consumer Services. Click here for info on the Virginia Industrial Hemp Research Program. Contact Erin Williams (804)786-7157 for more information. 
  • Regional Food Port Feasibility Study Completed! The Agricultural Development Department coordinated a feasibility study for a Regional Food Port with grant support from USDA, VDACS, The PATH Foundation and Loudoun County. Regional Food Port report.
  • Fauquier County Agricultural Development Dept. will be accepting new PDR Applications February 18, 2019 through May 17, 2019. PDR APPLICATION 
  •  New Purchase of Development Rights Brochure is here! PDR Brochure.
  • HomeGrown Labels are available! Please contact our office if need extras or if you would like to start using them. It is a great way to let consumers know that your product is HomeGrown. FREE Advertisement! 540-422-8280  or
  • Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer has current workshops going on and will have new workshops coming soon!  For more information, contact Jim Hankins 540-533-6500 
  • Looking to rent your farmland to a Farmer? Looking for land to rent to Farm? Check out our new Fauquier Farm Link Flyer . The Fauquier Farm Link may be able to help you! If you would like to be added to our Fauquier Farm Link Page, at NO COST to you, please fill out our Fillable Application or Call the Agricultural Development Department at 540-422-8280 or email us at 
  • Check out our New Fauquier Fresh Brochure, a guide to Local foods and Products available in Fauquier County.   Please contact the Agricultural Development Department if you would like to be included in the next brochure! (540) 422-8280 
  • WORKBOOKS AVAILABLE! A 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. Copies are now available at the Agricultural Development Department office. 

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.
Impact of Agriculture Study  


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