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Virginia livestock producers treat their animals with antibiotics when they are sick, but meat and milk from animals with antibiotics in their systems doesn’t end up on store shelves.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia’s flourishing craft beer industry is delighting beer enthusiasts, capturing critical acclaim, boosting tourism and attracting events such as the National Beer Expo, which was held last month in Richmond. It also is contributing to new opportunities for Virginia farmers and creating jobs in rural areas.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia is full of great farms, food and festivals. Many food festivals take place each fall, including celebrations of peanuts, wine, apples, pumpkins and garlic.
Posted in: Crops


Only eight states have more farmers’ markets than Virginia, according to rankings released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing service.


The 27th annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Journalism Awards will recognize exemplary ongoing coverage of agricultural issues, practices and events by print and broadcast news operations.


Virginia’s peanut-farming roots are plenty deep. The first commercial crop of peanuts in the United States was actually produced in 1842 in Southeast Virginia.
Posted in: Peanuts


Children with special needs often are called handicapped or disabled. At the Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange, known as TACO, they are called equestrians.
Posted in: Horse


In 1914 Americans had heard about and lived through dozens of massive forest fires, both out West and in other parts of North America. All across the nation, efforts to better control forest fires were taking root, among them the creation of the Virginia Department of Forestry on March 1, 1914.

Posted in: Forestry


Franklin County Farm Bureau educated children about agriculture this year with the help of the 2014 White-Reinhardt Fund for Education mini-grant program.


Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC has announced its endorsement of Del. A. Benton “Ben” Chafin Jr., R-Lebanon, in the special election for the Virginia Senate’s 38th District seat.


Two bills that have bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives address serious concerns voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


A historic family reunion will take place July 26 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. 
Posted in: Horse


The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation will host a series of regional 2014 Farm Bill Information Sessions in August to share news with producers about programs introduced or modified under the 2014 Farm Bill.


The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is seeking standout farmer and rancher spokespersons for the second year of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


With 218 co-sponsors—more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives—on board, legislation to repeal federal estate taxes is ripe for floor action, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Posted in: Estate Tax


Severe thunderstorms and even a minor tornado rolled through parts of Southeast Virginia the week of July 6, causing property damage in the region. Hail and high winds associated with the storms also damaged crops on some farms.
Posted in: Crops


It may be only mid-July, but Virginia Christmas tree growers are preparing now for their holiday sales season.
Posted in: Christmas Trees


The continued spread of local farmers’ markets is the summertime success story that just keeps on growing.


The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is introducing a new program this summer to help all Virginia farmers implement conservation plans, and to keep better track of conservation practices in use on farms.
Posted in: Conservation


Those favorite slices of summer—watermelons and cantaloupes—are making their seasonal debut in Virginia a little behind schedule. Their tardiness, however, should be offset by their tastiness, thanks to favorable growing conditions.

Posted in: Crops


The brand-new 40,000-square-foot First Bank & Trust Pavilion is ready to house cattle during this year’s State Fair of Virginia, which will open Sept. 26 and run through Oct. 5.


The new Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show, which will be held July 25-27 at The Meadow Event Park, will highlight the versatility of former race horses in the show ring while showcasing the illustrious history of the venue.
Posted in: Horse


If you cover Virginia agriculture, don’t miss this opportunity to have your work recognized with one of the 27th annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Journalism Awards.
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