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While agriculture is an important employer in Southside, Virginia, farming employment has decreased within the past five years. This trend prevails in Southside and across the United States. We will explore the success of other rural areas that have adapted smart farming and determine the potential for agriculture and forestry to promote economic development.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 28, 2019