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After a cold and wet early spring, Virginia farmers are ready to get their crops in the ground. Corn plantings across the state are behind schedule. Cotton and peanut producers are expecting to plant more acres this year, while producers of other major row crops are pulling back a bit. 

Posted in: Crops


After a review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “waters of the United States” rule, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s president called the proposal “dismaying.”
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Though retail egg prices are historically high at $1.98 per dozen, consumers will find an adequate supply for Passover meals and Easter baskets.
Posted in: Eggs


Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


With the departure of winter, lamb is on the menu for many Virginia households. But a holiday meal is the last thing on the minds of some farmers who raise sheep.
Posted in: Sheep


Asparagus tips are starting to shoot out of the ground, signaling the time to find fresh, local vegetables.


Alexis Gibson remembers the first time there were farm animals at school. That was last school year, and she admits she was a little skittish.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Lauren Arbogast of Rockingham County is one of five recipients of the National Agriculture in the Classroom organization’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.


Virginia farmers have been concerned about losing farmland for decades. As rural landowners, they also should be concerned about losing forestland, said Robert Farrell, acting state forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Posted in: Forestry


Farm women from Botetourt and Tazewell counties were selected to represent Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and to promote agriculture across the state.
Posted in: Farm Bureau


Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 26 that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Virginia’s Finest program.
Posted in: Crops


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 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.


Preliminary findings from the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture were released Feb. 20, and Virginia came out looking pretty good in some respects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys America’s farmers every five years.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


A representative of Canada’s new trade office in Washington will meet with Virginia agribusinesses during the sixth annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.
Posted in: Agriculture Trade


Virginia’s second Urban Agriculture Summit will be held April 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn Lynchburg.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


RICHMOND—Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program will celebrate Agriculture Literacy Week concurrently with National Ag Week, March 23-29.


Cold temperatures and regularly occurring snowstorms this winter have even hardy folks like Virginia farmers eager for spring to arrive.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Virginia, but fresh, healthy food isn’t readily accessible to more than 17 percent of the state’s population.


Leo Tammi of Augusta County first purchased guard dogs 20 years ago after losing some of his sheep to feral dogs.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Here’s the scoop: A U.S. Department of Agriculture research team has shown that cat litter made with spent grains left over from ethanol production might offer a more environmentally friendly product than non-biodegradable litters.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


Some Virginia fast-food restaurants are beginning to advertise the fact that they serve grass-fed beef, and such products are popular at farmers’ markets and local butchers around the state. Many grocery store chains now carry it, and grass-fed beef has been a popular dish at higher-end restaurants for years. 
Posted in: Beef


Virginia is a key farm export state, with trade offices in eight locations around the world. The newest one opened last fall in Canada, which imported $205 million in Virginia farm products in 2012 and is Virginia’s second-largest export market behind China.
Posted in: Agriculture Trade


It’s cold and gray across Virginia, but gardeners and homeowners are counting on spring to bring back the green colors—and the green of big money spent on flowers, shrubs and landscaping.
Posted in: Horticulture


To have a garden full of fresh, delicious spring vegetables, you need to start planting in late February.
Posted in: Gardening


To have a garden full of fresh, delicious spring vegetables, you need to start planting in late February.
Posted in: Gardening


Virginia’s senators were among members of Congress who voted to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, which now goes to President Obama for a final signature.


Virginia farmers and agribusiness professionals can learn about export opportunities throughout the world March 6 and 7 during the sixth annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond.
Posted in: Agriculture Trade


It’s been almost 44 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born March 30, 1970, at what is now The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. But legions of devoted fans still mark the birthday of “America’s Super Horse.” 
Posted in: Miscellaneous


A cotton industry movement protesting the use of non-cotton fabrics in blue jeans and other garments has prompted consumers to share their clothing-related blues online.
Posted in: Cotton


County Farm Bureau leaders from across Virginia will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to farmers during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day on Feb. 12. The event’s theme will be “Ask Me About My Farm.”


Farmers across the country are applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2642, the five-year Agricultural Act of 2014.


The year’s most romantic holiday is quickly approaching, and Virginia wineries are offering alternatives to the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner out.
Posted in: Wine


Lauren Arbogast of Rockingham County has been named Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year.


Everyone can be a hero for honey bees by adding plants that are bee-friendly to a home garden or landscape.
Posted in: Bees, Honey


A new resource guide developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnership is now available.
Posted in: Miscellaneous


As Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts naturally turn to matters of the heart. For fans of Virginia native and Triple Crown winner Secretariat, that has a two-fold meaning. 
Posted in: Horse
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