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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


Gov. Terry McAuliffe, first lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Sept. 29 at the State Fair of Virginia to announce that Virginia will receive nearly $1.2 million in federal funding to support local food economies.


The State Fair of Virginia records for the largest pumpkin and watermelon have been broken!
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The legendary Secretariat made many a victorious trip across the finish line during his racing career. Tourists looking for an off-the-beaten-path day trip this fall can make tracks to his birthplace at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Posted in: Horse


Virginia drivers are more likely to hit a deer in the coming year than drivers in most other states, with odds of 1 in 88, compared to the national odds of 1 in 169.
Posted in: Auto Safety


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, the American Farm Bureau Federation said on Sept. 22.


In response to President Obama’s Sept. 18 executive order regarding antibiotic resistance, the American Farm Bureau Federation emphasized U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to national health and responsible livestock production practices.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Enthusiastic runners and walkers turned out on a warm afternoon for the third annual Stampede 5K on Sept. 20 at Virginia Farm Bureau’s headquarters in Goochland County.


Many people don’t test their home smoke alarms as often as they should. That’s why “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” is the theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11.
Posted in: Home Safety


Virginians do love their farmers’ markets. That’s evident from the popular vote that landed four Virginia markets in the national Top 100 identified by the American Farmland Trust’s annual “I Love My Farmers Market Celebration.”


Plump orange pumpkins are ripening in the field, scattered on the ground like so many harvest moons. In those same fields, you might also find white pumpkins, green pumpkins, striped pumpkins, miniature pumpkins and a host of other varieties that are growing in popularity.  
Posted in: Pumpkins


The National FFA organization was founded at Virginia Tech in the 1920s, but it’s been 35 years since it was led by a Virginia youth. 
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Fairgoers will be able to meet Virginia farmers, take selfies with them and ask questions about farming during this year’s State Fair of Virginia, which will open Sept. 26. The fair will run through Oct. 5 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Posted in: State Fair


Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on “Succession Solutions for Farm Families” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Staunton Holiday Inn.
Posted in: Events


The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 9 passed a bill that would effectively block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


The U.S. Postal Service has issued four colorful stamps saluting America’s farmers’ markets.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


State Fair of Virginia visitors’ mission on Sept. 28, should they choose to accept it, will be to learn about all the different resources available to them through Virginia Cooperative Extension programs.
Posted in: State Fair


It’s nearly time for sweaters, scarves and warm, roaring fires. Before lighting up your fireplace this fall, remember to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
Posted in: Safety


State funding is available for developing agricultural resource management plans as part of Virginia’s new Resource Management Plan program.


The old saying “barking up the wrong tree’’ does not apply to Travis and Joyce Miller of Clarke County.

Posted in: Miscellaneous


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
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