Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting an informational webinar to learn more about large-scale solar projects and land-use planning policies. This session will highlight research from West Virginia University’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic regarding solar land-use practices around the United States. The session will also include an update from Jennifer Friedel, Esq., Associate Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech on new policies in Virginia. Register to hear these presentations and ask your questions. Speakers include:
Whitney Morgan, Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
Jesse Richardson, Professor of Law, Lead Land Use Attorney, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
Jennifer Friedel, Asst. Prof. of Practice, Director, Virginia Land-Use Value Assessment Program, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
Large-Scale Solar Projects and Land-Use Planning: Sharing Research on Experiences from Other States and an Update from Virginia
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact John Ignosh, Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering, VCE Northern District Office at 540-432-6029/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Consumer demand for locally-sourced meats and producer meat enterprise interest are at all-time highs and outpace current local meat and poultry processing capacity in many localities. Shared Cost Meat Processing for Livestock Producers — Co-ops and Collaboration will introduce farmers, ranchers and local meat and poultry processors to opportunities and challenges in establishing or expanding local meat and poultry enterprises. The presentations will not only focus on market demand and regulations, but will also examine business structures that can benefit smaller scale farms and processing such as cooperatives and other collaborative business entities. Our presenters are each highly experienced in rural cooperative and business development, including meat processing and marketing, and accessing grants and financing options of importance for smaller-scale operations. Webinar topics include:
Enterprise entry challenges
Local retail/wholesale meat marketing
Local meat processing challenges and opportunities
Opportunity for a regional cooperative or collaboratively-owned meat enterprise
Cooperatives vs. other business ownership models
Grants and other financial assistance options
Shared Cost Meat Processing for Livestock Producers – Co-ops and Collaboration
The sponsors offer their programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and are equal opportunity employers.
For additional information concerning small-volume red meat processing and meat marketing in Virginia, please refer to our study guides at https://www.vafairs.com/resources/.