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U.S. pork producers are poised to ramp up production in the coming year, while beef cattle producers have been paring down their herds.
Posted in: Beef


When fall colors and mountain vistas beckon to visitors, it can make for a magical and profitable combination for farmers. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study has found agritourism can add as much as $24,000 to a farm’s bottom line in a year.
Posted in: Agritourism


Virginia agriculture will play a starring role in a new holiday show at The Meadow Event Park. The Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village will open Nov. 14 and run through Jan. 3, 2015.


Virginia peanut growers are hoping this year’s crop will be 26 percent larger than last year’s, a great recovery from recent years of low production.
Posted in: Peanuts


The number of turkeys raised in Virginia this year is expected to total 16 million, up 3 percent from the 15.5 million raised in 2013, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Posted in: Poultry


When you think of farming tools, you may think of tractors, cultivators, combines and other heavy equipment. In today’s digital age, a farmer is just as likely to be using another tool—an agricultural app on his or her smartphone or tablet to help grow crops or monitor livestock.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging its members to participate in the public commend period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The organization also is encouraging members to ask their U.S. senators to support a bill that would block the rule.


Artisan cheeses continue to gain popularity with growing distribution through farmers’ markets, retailers and restaurants, and the number of cheese-making operations continues to grow.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Results of a new study of genetically engineered crops eaten by livestock indicate again that GMO feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


When it comes to determining where beef and poultry products in the supermarket come from, world trade rules and international lawsuits have made it extremely complicated.
Posted in: Agriculture Trade


Thirty-three public and private schools and 96 teachers have been adopted as part of the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-A-Teacher and Adopt-A-School programs.


National food prices rose about 2 percent from a year ago, according to a quarterly survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Leading the trend are beef and pork prices, as sirloin tip roasts, ground chuck, sliced deli ham and bacon prices all rose 9 percent or more in that time period.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia is home to nearly 120 commercial aquaculture operations that saw a total of $55.6 million in sales last year.
Posted in: Aquaculture


Agricultural education is being taught for the second year at Fluvanna County High School, thanks to a partnership between the school and the Fluvanna County Farm Bureau.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Frederick County residents know the Red Bud Run corridor as a green space to bike, hike and watch birds. But 150 years ago this fall it was the site of the fiercest Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


According to a recent economic impact study, Fauquier County farmland is serving as a barrier against sprawling development that characterizes parts of adjacent counties.
Posted in: Economy


Official attendance figures show 238,000 people visited this year’s State Fair of Virginia, a 4 percent increase over last year’s attendance.
Posted in: State Fair


The historic yearling barn area at The Meadow Event Park, once a hub of equine activity when Secretariat lived there as a frisky colt, came alive again during the State Fair of Virginia.
Posted in: State Fair


A group of 63 business and agriculture organizations told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 29 that its recent statements about its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule violate basic open-government requirements.


Burgundy, burnt orange, purple, pink and yellow are all colors of the hardy chrysanthemum, one of the most popular plants in Virginia’s fall gardens.
Posted in: Horticulture
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