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Agriculture: Blackwater farmer Don Horsley recognized for Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame honor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7, recognized farmer Don Horsley for his recent induction into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. Horsley was one of four people inducted into the hall this… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: With advisory committee support, Henley to explore reserve program approach in transition area — and farming research

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach may consider whether the agricultural reserve program, which preserves farmland by purchasing development rights, can be used to address drainage issues in the transition area between the city’s suburban north and rural south. … Continue Reading

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Acres & Dollars: Virginia Beach may tap land preservation funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The proposed city budget shifts about a quarter of the designated tax funding from the agricultural reserve program, leaving roughly $3.3 million for payments per year owed to owners of already protected acres, run the program,… Continue Reading