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In the past 18 months, Virginia has seen a drop in the number of livestock animals killed by coyotes on Virginia farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division.
Posted in: Livestock


Six Virginia localities are receiving fiscal 2016 grants to place working farmland under permanent conservation easements.


Virginia Farm Bureau Federation volunteer leaders will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to the commonwealth’s farmers during the organization’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 28. 


Instead of disposing of your cut Christmas tree, why not recycle it into garden materials or wildlife habitat?
Posted in: Gardening


Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program has named The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, a children’s book written by Diana Prichard, its 2016 Book of the Year.


Virginia representatives will join nearly 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 8-13 at the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. 
Posted in: Farm Bureau


Bringing together people from different agricultural backgrounds gives agriculture a voice and strength within a county.
Posted in: Farm Bureau


The National Chicken Council has launched Chicken Check In, a website, to provide answers to questions about U.S. chicken production.
Posted in: Poultry


Cooking, heating, holiday decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.
Posted in: Safety, Home Safety


After suffering a carotid aneurysm in 1999 that made it difficult for him to walk, Dinwiddie County farmer Alvin Blaha needed a solution.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


A wave of supporters filed friend-of-the-court briefs on Dec. 9, joining the American Farm Bureau Federation in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality "blueprint."


Any legislation to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms belongs in Washington, not Richmond, say Farm Bureau members across Virginia.


Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom awarded more than $12,500 in grant funding to 25 schools and other education programs through its mini-grant program this fall.


Farmers and ranchers are urging the U.S. Senate to follow the House of Representatives’ lead and repeal country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, mandates for beef, pork and chicken.


Unmanned aerial vehicles hold great promise for the agriculture industry.


America’s farmers probably will see lower profits this year, according to the latest forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. And Virginia farmers are likely to be among them.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


According to a legal opinion issued Dec. 14 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke the law with social media and grassroots lobbying campaigns advocating for its “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


Virginia’s agriculture community had reason for a pre-holiday celebration when Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9 that will be part of his Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.
Posted in: Poultry, Livestock


The single most important thing landowners can do to protect timberland is to know their boundary lines and maintain them.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with the George Washington Regional Commission, recently received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation.
Posted in: Secretariat


The practice of giving flower bulbs as a gift dates back to Colonial Virginia. And so do questions about how to care for the resulting blooms through the winter.
Posted in: Gardening
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