2022 Estimated Use Values from SLEAC

The 2022 land use value estimates have been posted online and you can not only see the values for each category, you can see brochures that show detailed information for the data used and crops making up the counties’ composite farm. Review the information at the Virginia’s Use-Value Assessment Program website.

The average change in value for all counties that have land use assessment was an increase of $48/acre from last year.  The SLEAC values are based on a 7-year Olympic average where the highest and lowest values are dropped from the average.  As noted from Virginia Tech, “Generally, increases were due to increased net returns in pasture and soybean enterprise budgets and federal program payments. Statewide, yield and price increased significantly for soybeans, with a yield of 42 bushels an acre (8 bushel increase from the prior year) and price increased to $10.50 per bushel ($1.70 increase from the prior year) for 2020. Tax year 2020-2022 pasture budgets include updated data reflecting common production practices, resulting in lower variable and fixed costs most associated with fertilization and establishment. Counties seeing decreases generally were due to decreases in profit from corn. For specific comments refer to your county in the attached documents.

VDACS Announces Collection Dates for the 2021 Pesticide Collection Program

Farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, homeowners and golf course operators are encouraged to participate in the Virginia Pesticide Collection Program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner. Since its inception, the Virginia Pesticide Collection Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, protecting public health and eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), through its Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), and in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, provide this service at no charge. The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS.

The following is a list of the 2021 collection sites and schedule. All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aug. 23 – Greenline Service Corporation
11417 Tidewater Trail 
Fredericksburg, VA 22408 
Aug. 24 – Helena Agri-Enterprises
100 Commerce Parkway
Warsaw, VA 22572
Aug. 31 – Hartfield Fire Department
3309 Twiggs Ferry Road 
Hartfield, VA 23071  
Sept. 1 – Nutrien Ag Solutions
15277 Richmond Tappahannock Hwy.
St. Stephens Church, VA 23148
Sept. 9 – Merrifield Garden Center
12101 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
Sept. 10 – James S Long Regional Park.
4603 James Madison Highway
Haymarket, VA 20169

In administering the Pesticide Collection Program, VDACS divides Virginia into five regions. Each year, the department conducts a collection in a different region. Once all five regions have been served, the program starts another cycle. Click here to view a map of future collection localities.

Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to one of the central collection sites located within the service area. If participants cannot safely containerize the unwanted pesticides for transport, VDACS may arrange assistance on a case-by-case basis. ONLY pesticides will be accepted. Pesticide contaminated material (for example, pesticide contaminated fertilizer) will NOT be accepted as part of the collection program. In addition, the program does NOT accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals.

Participants are asked to complete a pesticide collection registration form prior to arrival and return the completed form to jeffrey.rogers@vdacs.virginia.gov or mail to Office of Pesticide Services, VDACS, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond Virginia 23218. The form is available at vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticide-collection.shtml or by contacting the program at 804.786.3798.

Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent or to Jeffrey Rogers using the contact information above.