Weichert Realtors

Weichert Realtors sales associates Daryl Stout led the sales region in revenue units and Philip Vaught shared top honors in the sales category for October.

The office is located at 824 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal. Information: 540-635-8000.

Conservation programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for three updated Farm Bill programs:

• The Environmental Quality Incentives Program includes increased payment rates for adopting cover crop rotations and incentive payments to better support locally-led conservation. Fund pools are available for livestock, cropland and forestry with 12 special initiatives.

• The Conservation Stewardship Program allows agricultural producers and forest landowners to earn payments for actively managing and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, enhanced nutrient management and pollinator habitat while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. New incentives like supplemental funding for advanced grazing management and a one-time payment for developing a comprehensive conservation plan offer added benefits. Existing program participants may also be able to renew their contracts in the first half of the fifth year of their five-year contract.

• The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program: While the final rule hasn’t yet been released, interim guidance outlines new easement program policies that will appeal to landowners and organizations such as land trusts and purchase of development rights programs. The agricultural land easement component no longer requires a minimum cash match, allowing landowner donations, acquisition expenses and stewardship costs to satisfy the requirement. The new program agreement structure will also increase administrative efficiency.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications will be accepted until Dec. 18. Guidance is still pending for the Conservation Stewardship and Agricultural Conservation Easement programs so application deadlines are not available. All applicants must have farm records established with USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Advance payment options are available for historically underserved producers.

Applications are available at local USDA Service Centers, which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6hj7xv8 or are available online at https://tinyurl.com/vb5dks2. Further information about the Virginia Farm Bill is available at www.va.nrcs.usda.gov/.

Tourism grant

Shenandoah County Tourism and Economic Development has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program. It is designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds.

The grant funds will be used to develop new imagery and video to complement a new digital marketing campaign, “Find Your Way Back to Open Spaces,” with fresh images and video of outdoor spaces and attractions.

Tourism is one of Shenandoah County’s largest economic engines, with visitors spending more than $231,249.295 in 2019, supporting 1,788 work opportunities and contributing $17,092,724 in local and state tax revenue.

American Woodmark

American Woodmark Corp., a leading supplier of cabinetry to the new construction and remodeling industries, has received the No. 1 overall ranking for customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2020 Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Study. American Woodmark also achieved the highest score in the following factors: ordering and delivery, price and design features. This is the second time in the past five years American Woodmark has won this award.

The company is headquartered at 561 Shady Elm Road, Winchester. Further information is available at www.americanwoodmark.com.

Encore Event Partners

Encore Event Partners, on behalf of the VA Kids Trail, has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program, designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds.

VA Kids Trail will use the grant funds to develop a video marketing campaign for the 2021 summer season to capture the essence of a family experience in the Shenandoah Valley.

The program will be using six Kids Trail members, which include Massanutten Resort, The Family Drive-In Theatre, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, West Oaks Farm Market, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum and Virginia State Parks.

VA Kids Trail is entering its sixth year. The marketing community is composed of family-friendly businesses united by a “one-stop shop website devoted 100% to family travel.” By visiting www.vakidstrail.com parents can plan family vacations centered around four types of experiences: action, creativity, heritage and wellness.

Encore Event Partners is located at 133 Premier Place, Winchester. Further information is available by calling 540-533-1853.

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