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Horses have been an integral part of the State Fair of Virginia since its founding in 1854, and this year they’re still a “mane attraction.” 
Posted in: State Fair


With fall’s cooler days approaching, state officials are urging Virginians to buy their firewood from local sources and to make sure they get all the wood they pay for.
Posted in: Forestry


Gov. Terry McAuliffe helped kick off a campaign to encourage farmers to enroll in Virginia’s new Resource Management Plan program on Aug. 25. 


Almost 250 agricultural businesses nationwide recently received a total of $25 million to help expand their operations and create value-added products.
Posted in: Virginia Farms


U.S. chicken consumption is something to cluck about. That’s because new research shows an increase in the amount of chicken consumers are eating in restaurants and buying in stores.

Posted in: Poultry


Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 14-20, and Sept. 20 is National Seat Check Saturday, a day when local child safety seat checks will take place across the state.
Posted in: Auto Safety


Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC has announced its endorsement of Del. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg, in the special election for the Virginia Senate’s 16th District seat.


A cooperative effort between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia’s farm community is getting ready to launch, and Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe has produced a television public service announcement to promote it.
Posted in: Conservation


The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a series of videos and launched a website to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


While back-to-school shopping this year, don’t forget your favorite teacher or school. Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education will have the opportunity to bring agriculture to a nearby teacher or school. 


Competitions are a time-honored tradition at fairs across the country, and the State Fair of Virginia is no exception.


Print, radio and television news professionals have two more weeks to prepare an entry for the 27th annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Journalism Awards program.


American farmers spent $367.3 billion to run their businesses in 2013, according to a farm production expenditure report published recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That figure tops 2012 expenditures by 2 percent. 
Posted in: Miscellaneous


The nation’s fall apple crop is expected to be a big one, with a potential record crop in Washington offsetting lighter crops in the two other main apple-producing states, New York and Michigan.
Posted in: Apples


In light of the ongoing debate over genetically modified organisms, Popular Sciencemagazine interviewed nearly a dozen scientists about 10 of the most common claims about GMOs.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


A new report highlights the dangers posed by using all-terrain vehicles on roadways, without helmets and when consuming alcohol.
Posted in: Safety


Fifteen attorneys general from states with significant farming and ranching sectors have sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency objecting to the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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.
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