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Gooden, commonwealth’s ag secretary, meets with farmers in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Dr. Basil Gooden, the state agriculture and forestry secretary, visited Virginia Beach to meet with the city agriculture staff and state extension representatives and tour local farms in the southern end of the city. The… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach may consider cap on land use tax rate for agricultural land

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city may consider a cap on land use tax rates on agricultural land, valuation that — using an example of class III cropland — has risen from $300 per acre in 2009 to $2,120 per acre… Continue Reading

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A change for agriculture department amid budget proposal; commission may discuss it Monday

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The details of the proposed city spending plan have been reported over the past weeks, and officials have touted a key headline after last year’s contentious process. “No tax hike — none,” said Catheryn Whitesell, director… Continue Reading

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Horsley returns to planning commission, growing district representation

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A second member of the planning commission is from the Princess Anne District, and, though he is occupying an at-large spot, he is a familiar face. Farmer Don Horsley this year rejoined the advisory body… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach Farm Bureau resolutions approved, board members picked

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY – Virginia Beach Farm Bureau members last month elected six officers to two-year terms of service on the board. The vote came during a meeting Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Center, said… Continue Reading