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It’s hard to find a simpler, yet more personal way to decorate your home for the holidays than with fresh evergreen trimmings from your yard or garden.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Time is running out to apply for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom’s Teacher of the Year recognition; applications are due Dec. 7.


Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $4.50 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


From big data to the agricultural drones that can gather that information, farmers are investing in technology to improve their operations.
Posted in: Crops


More than 250 agricultural businesses nationwide recently were awarded a total of $34 million to help expand their operations and create value-added products.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Before Old Man Winter arrives, make sure your home is prepared for freezing temperatures and inclement weather.
Posted in: Insurance


Free copies of the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association, are available at tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.
Posted in: Christmas Trees


“Turkey pardoning” is what the National Turkey Federation refers to when it presents the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey to the president of the United States.
Posted in: Poultry


The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined a coalition of agricultural and other groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage land use under the guise of implementing the federal Clean Water Act.


After a record 2014 harvest, Virginia peanut growers anticipate a 10 percent smaller harvest this year, at 76 million pounds.
Posted in: Peanuts


Each year, Virginia farmers implement practices on their farms that help protect the environment and the Chesapeake Bay. Those practices are not cheap, and farmers often rely on state or federal cost-share programs to help pay for the measures.


There will be no record cotton crop in Virginia this year. Heavy rains the weeks of Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 knocked significant yields off this year’s cotton harvest, although not enough to declare crop disasters.

Posted in: Cotton


Farmers and farm organizations rallied last month to assure consumers that there are no antibiotics in their sandwiches—or their food supply in general.


Virginia-grown foods and beverages are the focus of a brand-new harvest festival at a living history museum on the bluffs of the James River.
Posted in: Events


Enjoy your Christmas tree year-round when you buy it live and plant it in your garden or home landscape.
Posted in: Christmas Trees


Shipping container gardens, aeroponic growing towers and “green roofing” were among innovative solutions discussed at Virginia’s second annual Urban Agriculture Summit.

Held in Richmond and at nearby urban gardens, the summit aimed to expand knowledge of urban agriculture and explore ways to grow fresh produce in food deserts, or areas in which residents have limited access to healthy foods.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia’s dairy industry accounted for about $2.3 billion in economic output in the commonwealth last year and employed nearly 8,000 people.
Posted in: Dairy


Just in time for the holidays, there are even more Virginia-grown turkeys available this year.
Posted in: Poultry


Pumpkins may take center stage in fall decorations and desserts, but sweet potatoes are the real autumn stars when it comes to home gardens.
Posted in: Sweet Potatoes
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