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A Chinese ban on hardwood logs exported from Virginia was lifted earlier this fall.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

A first-year veterinary student had an opportunity to learn more about caring for livestock this past summer.

Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Population and income growth in developing countries is expected to result in increased demand for and consumption of U.S. agricultural imports. And that means more opportunities for U.S. farmers.

Posted in: Agriculture Trade

 

Breaking with tradition, the State Fair of Virginia experienced 10 straight days of dry weather, which brought in many attendees.
Posted in: State Fair

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation took action Oct. 7 to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Posted in: Economy

 

The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, birthplace of Secretariat, will host the exclusive Virginia premiere of the new documentary Penny & Red – The Life of Secretariat’s Owner Nov. 2 during the 2013 Equine Extravaganza. The event will open Nov. 1 and run through Nov. 3.
Posted in: Horse

 

From woolly to wiry, more than 1,600 livestock animals shown by 700 youth and adult competitors will be at the State Fair of Virginia from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6. Show participants will compete for scholarship money and coveted ribbons.
Posted in: State Fair

 

Fresh sweet potatoes are showing up at Virginia farmers’ markets and local food outlets, but it’s too soon to tell whether some Virginia growers will have a good year, according to Clifton Slade, Virginia Cooperative Extension vegetable and produce specialist for the Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University.
Posted in: Potatoes

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home.
Posted in: Home Safety

 

From a working beehive to an 800-pound bale of tobacco, Virginia’s agricultural commodities will be prominently showcased during this year’s State Fair of Virginia.
Posted in: State Fair

 

Every year hundreds of horse owners and riders participate in more than a dozen competitions and other events at the State Fair of Virginia, and this year there will be a real focus on including the public in all the fun.
Posted in: State Fair

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

According to a farm production expenditure report published recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service, American farmers spent $351.8 billion on agricultural production in 2012—10.4 percent more than in 2011.
Posted in: Economy

 

The soft light of sunset and a warm summer evening on Sept. 10 were a direct contradiction of a harsh truth.
Posted in: Economy

 

Virginia apples are in season, and according to growers this year’s crop is top-notch.

Posted in: Apples

 

A farmers’ market showcasing Virginia agriculture is just one of the surprises visitors will find at this year’s State Fair of Virginia.

Posted in: State Fair

 

The Virginia Farmers Direct Marketing Association will hold a workshop titled “Simple Steps to Strategic Ag-Marketing” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Virginia Department of Forestry office at 492 George Dean Dr. in Charlottesville.
Posted in: Events

 

This has been an unusually rainy growing season for Virginia, providing a real challenge for gardeners growing giant vegetables for competition at this year’s State Fair of Virginia. But so far, the state record-holder for the largest pumpkin is still in the running.
Posted in: State Fair

 

While corn and soybeans continue to be important grain crops in Southeast Virginia, some growers are embracing sorghum.
Posted in: Crops

 

A study conducted by students in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently analyzed food waste in schools.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 15-21, and Sept. 21 is National Seat Check Saturday, a day when local child safety seat checks will take place across the state.
Posted in: Auto Safety

 

Virginia’s agricultural heritage will be showcased this fall in Heritage Village, an area of the State Fair of Virginia that seeks to re-create aspects of farm life at the turn of the past century.
Posted in: State Fair

 

Cideries and orchards in the state have been awarded grants from the Virginia Department of Agriculture to promote growing apples for cider.
Posted in: Apples

 

The maroon and orange Virginia Tech Spirit Daylily is now available at garden centers across the state.
Posted in: Gardening

 

Before trading in the warm days of summer for a toasty fall fire, be sure to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
Posted in: Home Safety

 

Jams, jellies and other canned goods are often among the most popular products at local farmers’ markets and farm stands. But it’s not always easy to comply with food safety laws and preserve fresh foods on a larger scale than Grandma used to do on her kitchen stove.

 

There’s still time to register for the State Fair Stampede 5K and 10K races, which will be held Oct. 5 during this year’s State Fair of Virginia.
Posted in: State Fair

 

When back-to-school shopping this year, don’t forget your favorite teacher or school.

 

Farm Safety For Just Kids and Successful Farming magazine are offering $250 grants for farm projects that improve safety for children.
Posted in: Farm Safety

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC has announced its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor; Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor; and Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general.

 

Virginia consumers can expect ample sweet corn supplies for Labor Day weekend cookouts.
Posted in: Corn

 

Who has the best-quality crops and vegetables in Virginia? How about the best honey, preserved foods or baked goods?
Posted in: State Fair

 

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced expectations for 2013 crop yields. Rain has had varied effects on the commonwealth’s crops.
Posted in: Crops

 

The Virginia State University Agriculture Research Station will showcase its latest research at its annual field day on Aug. 29 at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road near Petersburg.
Posted in: Events

 

Gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe shared their thoughts on the future of farming and forestry in Virginia Aug. 2 at a forum at Wytheville Community College.

 

Farmers in Eastern Virginia have access to a new resource for protecting their livestock from coyotes and other predators.
Posted in: Animal Welfare

 

The Virginia Equine Extravaganza promises to be three days of everything equine Nov. 1-3 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Posted in: Events

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently announced the acquisition of Cygnus Business Media’s agricultural events and publications.
Posted in: Farm Bureau

 

Virginia melon crops are in season and looking good in spite of the rain.

Posted in: Crops

 

The vast majority of broccoli sold in the United States is grown on the West Coast. 

Why not grow the crop here?
Posted in: Broccoli

 

Summer is a peak time for thunderstorm watches and warnings, but lightning can strike year-round.
Posted in: Safety

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

It’s a piece of Americana—the annual county fair livestock shows where young people exhibit animals they’ve raised.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Heavy spring rains helped at least some of Virginia’s blueberry growers. 

Posted in: Crops

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Summer peppers are packed with a rainbow of phytonutrients that act as powerful antioxidants to protect against cell damage.
Posted in: Crops

 

A recent study estimates worldwide farm-raised fish production is outpacing beef production.
Posted in: Aquaculture

 

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced June 20 that Virginia will open a new trade office in Europe to focus on increasing agricultural and forestry exports to one of the world’s largest economic regions.

Posted in: Agriculture Trade
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