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Speakers on the second day of the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade focused on opportunities and global awareness.
Posted in: Agriculture Trade


DOSWELL—The Retired Racehorse Project, which promotes off-track Thoroughbreds, will hold the Virginia’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest March 28 during the Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park. The contest will showcase Thoroughbreds that raced or were bred in Virginia, as well as Thoroughbred former racehorses residing in Virginia. 


Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary Farmland is now available on DVD at Walmart stores and
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Glenn Chappell III of Dinwiddie County, Aaron Crowgey of Wythe County and Roger Scott of Culpeper County were recognized as this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Outstanding Young Farm Employees.


Recently released study findings indicate Americans recognize and respect the achievements of science but take issue with scientific findings related to specific topics.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia farmers who have extra and unsold fresh produce this year are being asked to consider partnering with their local food banks.


Virginia grain and row crop farmers have a few more weeks to update their records at a local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office.
Posted in: Crops


Many Virginians enjoy feeding birds in their garden, and a custom-blended birdseed mix can draw a loyal and diverse crowd to the feeder.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Details are available at on how to prepare an entry for the 28th annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Journalism Awards, to be presented in December.


Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has lobbied on behalf of its producer members this winter for adequate state funding of cost-share money for best management practices.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Volunteers from Virginia Farm Bureau and other agriculture organizations will read to children during the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program’s fifth annual Agriculture Literacy Week, March 15-21.


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Feb. 23 that agricultural mediation services are now available to the commonwealth’s agriculture community through a partnership with the North Carolina Agriculture Mediation Program, or NCAMP, at Western Carolina University. 
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Elementary school children in Virginia are getting a taste of agriculture—right in their school’s parking lots—thanks to Agrium Inc. and Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.


Millions of vegetable transplants will be purchased this spring, and there’s a good chance many of them got their start in a Virginia greenhouse.
Posted in: Horticulture


Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program will celebrate Agriculture Literacy Week concurrently with National Ag Week, March 15-21.


The clock is ticking for many Virginia grain and row crop farmers to decide whether to update their records at their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office.


The Milk Processor Education Program, or MilkPEP, is responding to dairy critics with a new campaign, “Get real about milk” and a related website at The campaign is using the hashtag #MilkTruth.
Posted in: Dairy


The Internet is a boundless source of information on how things are done. Now some U.S. farmers are sharing videos about what they do every day, with the goal of reaching consumers who have questions.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


More farmers and other equipment operators are buying compact tractors instead of full-size machines these days. Joel Hudnall, owner of Turf’s Up Landscaping, said one of his most useful tractors has only 48 horsepower and a smaller frame.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Creating opportunities and facilitating great growth with other countries are two of the main focuses of this year’s annual Governor’s Agricultural Trade Conference, which will be held March 9 and 10 at the Richmond Marriott.


Most Virginians take the winter off from gardening, but cold months are a great time to test your soil, said Chris Mullins, a Virginia Cooperative Extension greenhouse specialist at Virginia State University.
Posted in: Gardening


When winter removes much of the foliage from your garden, you can depend on colorful branches to provide visual interest, according to Augusta County horticulturalist Mark Viette.
Posted in: Gardening


Virginia’s oyster harvest rose 25 percent last year, passing the 500,000-bushel mark. The dockside value of that harvest increased to $22.2 million, with an estimated economic impact of over $58 million. 

Posted in: Aquaculture


There’s a big bash planned for “Big Red,” and this year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park will feature a “family reunion” as well.
Posted in: Secretariat


Marlena “K” Preston of Montgomery County has been named Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year.


The Virginia Farm-to-School Conference will be held March 18 and 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Charlottesville.
Posted in: Events


Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary Farmland is now available for rent and purchase via on-demand platforms.

Posted in: Miscellaneous
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