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This year Virginia Cooperative Extension and the national Extension system are turning 100 years old. Activities are being planned throughout the commonwealth to mark the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially established the National Cooperative Extension System.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Leaders of the state’s largest farmers’ advocacy organization were startled April 10 when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed an amicus brief in support of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan being challenged in federal court.
Posted in: Chesapeake Bay


The American Farm Bureau Federation voiced support on April 9 for legislation in Congress that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.


Farmland, a feature-length documentary film from award-winning director James Moll, will be shown at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Regal MacArthur Center Stadium.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


When Virginia-born Secretariat began his racing career, some experts doubted he could “go the distance” and win the longer races. His sire, Bold Ruler, was known as a speed horse, which fueled that skepticism.
Posted in: Secretariat


More than 20 hot air balloon teams from across the nation will be featured in the new Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival, scheduled for May 10 and 11 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Posted in: Events


After a cold and wet early spring, Virginia farmers are ready to get their crops in the ground. Corn plantings across the state are behind schedule. Cotton and peanut producers are expecting to plant more acres this year, while producers of other major row crops are pulling back a bit. 

Posted in: Crops


After a review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “waters of the United States” rule, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s president called the proposal “dismaying.”
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Though retail egg prices are historically high at $1.98 per dozen, consumers will find an adequate supply for Passover meals and Easter baskets.
Posted in: Eggs


Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
Posted in: Secretariat


Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
Posted in: Secretariat


With the departure of winter, lamb is on the menu for many Virginia households. But a holiday meal is the last thing on the minds of some farmers who raise sheep.
Posted in: Sheep


Asparagus tips are starting to shoot out of the ground, signaling the time to find fresh, local vegetables.


Alexis Gibson remembers the first time there were farm animals at school. That was last school year, and she admits she was a little skittish.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Lauren Arbogast of Rockingham County is one of five recipients of the National Agriculture in the Classroom organization’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.
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