Technical Assistance
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Description
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Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab
Soil Tests
The routine soil test is all one normally needs for a fertility evaluation. Soil samples are analyzed and computer recommendations generated usually within 3 working days of receipt.
https://www.soiltest.vt.edu/fees-and-forms.html
Southern Cover Crop Selector Tool
Online Program
The Cover Crop Selection Tool provides a first step for NRCS field staff and landowners to begin a discussion on the feasibility of planting cover crops. The sheet allows you to input data to learn which cover crops suit your needs.
https://southerncovercrops.org/cover-crop-resource-guide/row-crops/coastal-plain/cover-crop-selection-tool/
USDA COMET Planner
Online Program
This evaluation tool is designed to provide generalized estimates of the greenhouse gas impacts of conservation practices and is intended for initial planning purposes. Tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvOGivFLX9klViSpSNYVqdw/videos.
http://comet-planner.com/
NRCS Web Soil Survey
Online Program
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. Soil surveys can be used for general farm, local, and wider area planning.
https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm#
Extension Master Gardener Program
Education
Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteer educators. They work within their local communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training.
https://ext.vt.edu/lawn-garden/master-gardener.html
Natural Resources Conservation Service Virginia
Technical & Financial
Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest managers. Here’s how you can get started with NRCS:
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/va/home/
Soil & Water Conservation District Directory
Offices
The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts are 47 districts that serve as local resources for residents in nearly all Virginia localities. Districts, which are political subdivisions of the state, manage conservation programs, employ staff and deliver conservation services free of charge.
https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/swcds
Virginia Cooperative Extension: Local Offices
Offices
Extension brings information, education, and knowledge to you — wherever you live in the commonwealth. Follow the links below to your local office, or visit a 4-H Educational Center or Agricultural Research and Extension Center from the links on the right.
https://ext.vt.edu/offices.html
New Farmers Getting Started Guide by USDA
Technical & Financial
USDA can help you get started or grow your operation through a variety of programs and services, from farm loans to crop insurance, and conservation programs to disaster assistance.
https://newfarmers.usda.gov/new-farmers