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    Economic Development launches agricultural business push

    Officials with Loudoun's Department of Economic Development announced earlier this month a year-long initiative to help rural landowners develop or expand their agricultural businesses.

    Agricultural production includes using land to grow crops or raise livestock and making products like wine, wool or cheese. Within the new initiative, DED will assist landowners interesting in cropping or raising livestock.

    The county will begin contacting landowners after Memorial Day. Residents for whom the county has email addresses will initially be contacted. Starting in July, the county will mail postcards to local farmers, zip code by zip code. DED hopes to reach all qualified citizens in rural Loudoun by the end of fiscal 2015.

    “Encouraging landowners to use their land for agricultural production benefits everyone,” Loudoun Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Boles said in a statement. “It will increase the number of agricultural businesses, which helps grow the rural economy. Rural businesses contribute more than $69 million to the Loudoun economy per year, diversifying the county’s revenue base.”

    Loudoun residents with questions can call Boles at 703-777-0426 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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