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Farmland, a feature-length documentary film from award-winning director James Moll, will be shown at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Regal MacArthur Center Stadium.
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When Virginia-born Secretariat began his racing career, some experts doubted he could “go the distance” and win the longer races. His sire, Bold Ruler, was known as a speed horse, which fueled that skepticism.
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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.”
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Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
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Fans of Secretariat now have more opportunities to walk the same grounds where the legendary Triple Crown champion was born and raised.
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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.
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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.
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“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. 
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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.
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Virginia’s second Urban Agriculture Summit will be held April 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn Lynchburg.
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Cold temperatures and regularly occurring snowstorms this winter have even hardy folks like Virginia farmers eager for spring to arrive.
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Leo Tammi of Augusta County first purchased guard dogs 20 years ago after losing some of his sheep to feral dogs.
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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.
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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.” 
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A new resource guide developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnership is now available.
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Farmers will learn about the latest in no-till farming during annual winter conferences sponsored by the Virginia No-Till Alliance, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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GMOAnswers.com was created to answer consumers’ questions about foods that are genetically modified organisms.
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This year’s net income for American farmers has exceeded $100 billion for the fourth time since 1973.
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The formal U.S. Thanksgiving holiday dates to 1863, but Americans celebrated the harvest season and gave thanks for their blessings long before then. The food at a celebratory meal in Colonial Virginia depended on the year’s harvest and participants’ social status.
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Milwaukee city officials have announced that road crews will test a mixture of cheese brine and rock salt on some icy streets this winter.
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Turkey is gobbled up during holiday meals every year, but purchasing the bird and cooking it is still a mystery for some home cooks.
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Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for a little more than $5 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
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A Chinese ban on hardwood logs exported from Virginia was lifted earlier this fall.
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A first-year veterinary student had an opportunity to learn more about caring for livestock this past summer.

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The last available crop progress reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are dated Sept. 30, right before the congressional budget impasse shut down non-essential parts of the federal government. But as of that date Virginia crop conditions were generally good.
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According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service report, computer usage on farms has increased, as has the number of farmers who are using computers for their farm businesses.
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Sharon Wallace and a group of volunteers are up bright and early each Saturday, rain or shine, to do volunteer farming. Wallace is the Tidewater area gleaning coordinator for the Society of St. Andrew, the largest gleaning organization in the United States.
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A study conducted by students in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently analyzed food waste in schools.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has simplified access to historical data by putting 77 years’ worth of agricultural statistics online.
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It’s a piece of Americana—the annual county fair livestock shows where young people exhibit animals they’ve raised.
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An informal survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation found that, despite increased retail food costs, picnics remain affordable at less than $6 per person.
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Clinton Bell, a Tazewell County cattle and sheep producer has had problems with coyotes since the 1980s. “One year we lost 25 lambs to coyotes. Since the first of this year, I’ve lost one ewe and half a dozen lambs,” Bell said earlier this summer.
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The latest official estimate of the number of farms in Virginia is 46,200 in 2012, 200 fewer than the year before.
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Not all college degrees are created equal. According to a recent study by Georgetown University, a higher percentage of recent graduates with degrees in agriculture are employed than their peers in other fields.
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A series of workshops is offering farmers useful information about new and emerging technologies to encourage more energy-efficient operations.
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Drought conditions in the Midwest last summer and fall set in motion a domino effect expected to raise food prices 2.5 to 3.5 percent this year.
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It’s back to the drawing board for the 2013 Farm Bill. Legislation approved by the Senate earlier this year was defeated last week in the House.

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The Science Museum of Western Virginia, formerly the Roanoke Children’s Museum, reopened May 18 after operating temporarily in a mall while its Center in the Square location was re-fitted with custom-designed exhibits.
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Donating old, unusable farm equipment, trucks, cars, boats and other vehicles can help educate children in Virginia elementary schools about agriculture.
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The 43,560 Initiative, a project at Virginia State University, seeks to illustrate ways to farm a small amount of land for a big payoff.
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Farmers need to minimize damage to their crops by hungry deer, and Hunters for the Hungry needs venison to donate to homeless shelters and food pantries.
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Perhaps no one follows the weather more closely than farmers. And now weather data from the state’s agricultural research stations is available to anyone with an Internet connection.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension has begun making some of its more popular consumer resources available via e-book.
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A new study conducted by Gallup and Healthways suggests that farmers, foresters and those in the commercial fishing industry take the second-smallest number of sick days in the nation.
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More than 100 Virginia farmers are working to eliminate wasted food by allowing representatives of the Society of St. Andrew to glean their fields and donate the excess fruits and vegetables to those in need.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded value-added grants to eight Virginia farms and small businesses. The grants are intended to help increase the income of farms and agribusinesses by expanding marketing opportunities, creating new products and developing new uses for existing ones.
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The number of federally-protected black vultures in Virginia has grown over the past 30 years, and the birds have become a nuisance for many farmers, preying on live calves, lambs, piglets and other vulnerable animals.
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Virginia Farm Bureau recently launched a website for reporting farm accidents. The site at FarmAccidentReport.com, allows anyone to report accidents they witness on Virginia farms.
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Betty Rosson, a Louisa County farmer, recently was named one of five regional finalists in the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest, sponsored by Monsanto.
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Dam owners and local governments can apply for $305,000 in grants available from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund.
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