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Virginia’s second Urban Agriculture Summit will feature a screening of the documentary Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America and tours of the nonprofit urban farm Lynchburg Grows.

 

Details are available at VaFarmBureau.org/contests on how to prepare an entry for the 27th annualVirginia Farm Bureau Federation Journalism Awards, to be presented in December.

 

Just before spring came to Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation that could mean a new beginning for many Virginia farmers and local food operations.

 

Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock remains the top challenge identified by participants in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey of participants in its Young Farmers & Ranchers program.
Posted in: Young Farmers

 

The Shenandoah Valley farm where Jim and Annette Fitzsimmons live has been producing food since the 1700s. And while they don’t farm it themselves anymore, it’s leased to a local farmer, and the property is in the local land use assessment program, meaning it is dedicated to agricultural use.

 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia, and Drive Smart Virginia wants to use the month to bring attention to distracted driving.


Posted in: Auto Safety

 

Officials from the United States, the European Union and Vietnam readily acknowledged that free trade agreements are not without challenges. But they also noted the many reasons to keep pursuing those agreements.
Posted in: Agriculture Trade

 

To recognize the global contributions of U.S. agriculture, National Agriculture Day will be celebrated March 25 as part of National Agriculture Week, March 23-29.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Virginia wineries have been invited to submit wines for judging at the 2014 State Fair of Virginia commercial wine competition.
Posted in: State Fair

 

Using a tractor-towed wagon to transport customers is a popular practice among pick-your-own produce farms and other agritourism operations. With farms gearing up for spring festivals and strawberry season, Virginia Farm Bureau is urging producers to review their safety practices related to transporting customers by wagon.
Posted in: Agritourism

 

America’s milk supply was safe in 2012, and it was even safer in 2013, according to a recently released U.S. Food & Drug Administration report.
Posted in: Dairy

 

“That fondness for horses … was peculiar to the Virginians of all stations.” 

That 1779 quote from British explorer and writer Thomas Anburey might begin to explain the philosophy and passion behind the founding of the Museum of the Virginia Horse. 
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Volunteers from Virginia Farm Bureau and other agriculture organizations will read to children during the Agriculture in the Classroom program’s fourth annual Agriculture Literacy Week, March 23-29.

 

The Stafford County Farm Bureau is among 14 recipients of 2014 White-Reinhardt Fund for Education grants from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
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