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Bedford County agriculture growing economy

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The growth in agriculture on the state level is reflected in our region. It is still one of the biggest industries in Bedford County.

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The growth in agriculture on the state level is reflected in our region. It is still one of the biggest industries in Bedford County.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12487/7024150?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:06:28 +0000 Bedford County agriculture growing economy The growth in agriculture on the state level is reflected in our region. It is still one of the biggest industries in Bedford County. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12487/7024150?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WDBJ agriculture's impact on the state's economy is growing, up 30-percent in just the last three years. wdbj7's siobhan mcgirl shows how bedford county is capitalizing on the farming aspect of its own economy. looklive: the growth in agriculture we are seeing on the state level is reflected in our region. it is still one of the biggest indistureis here in bedford county. and to keep it thriving more and more, specialized farms are popping up. kenneth newman, managing member, royal oaks farm: "farming now a days you've got to change with the times."." royal oaks is the largest composting farm in virginia. kenneth newman, managing member, royal oaks farm"we can take everything from animal feed to human food waste and instead of it going to waste we can make a useful product." kenneth newman, managing member, royal oaks farm "there's a little bit of an odor...." royal oaks is a specialized farm. as farms are getting smaller, across virginia these specialized agriculture and forestry operations are helping the industry grow. the university of virginia released a study revealing agricutlure and forestry's state wide economic impact went from $70 billion in 2013 to $90 billion in 2016. that's a 30% increase. traci blido,director of economic development, bedford county "at the state level it is the biggest industry." ." in bedford county, it is also one of the largest industries. according to the economic development office, the county sees over $28 million dollars in annual farm sales. and this spans across a very diversified industry. traci blido, director of economic development, bedford county: "we have orchards, wineries, now craft brewerys, but also the largest compost facility. beef cattle is huge." economic development director traci blido says there are more than 14-hundred farms in bedford county, covering 200- thousand acres of land. soil and compost from royal oaks is spread across the nation, including the athletic fields at liberty univeristy. the farm's owner hopes demand for his product will remain strong. kenneth newman, "we hope we're here for a while" looklive: officials in the county say agriculture has such an impact that if any of those jobs did go away it would hurt. so they continue to diversify the landscape adn preserve the land. in bedford county, siobhan mcgirl wdbj7. it's a big night for outdoor




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