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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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

One merit of home garden blackberries is that picking them can be safer than picking along the side of a road.
Posted in: Crops

 

The latest official estimate of the number of farms in Virginia is 46,200 in 2012, 200 fewer than the year before.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

One of the Shenandoah Valley’s largest summer events will mark its 17th year on July 20 and 21. The Daylily Festival will feature local foods and wines, craft beers, arts and crafts, live music and children’s activities on the grounds of the Andre Viette Farm & Nursery.
Posted in: Events

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

A series of workshops is offering farmers useful information about new and emerging technologies to encourage more energy-efficient operations.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

While some gardeners are afraid to prune trees or shrubs during the summer, it sometimes is the best time to make those cuts.
Posted in: Gardening

 

Across Virginia, farmers are feeling the effects of a soggy spring—both good and bad.
Posted in: Crops

 

The nation’s largest farm advocacy organization on June 27 welcomed passage by the U.S. Senate of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

An experiment in Wisconsin is using QR codes to help first responders deal with farm emergencies. But there are simple low-tech options for all farmers who want to share emergency information.
Posted in: Farm Safety

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation last week voiced support for legislation introduced in both the House and Senate that would permanently repeal the federal estate tax: the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013.

 

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.

Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Newly released findings from a study by the National Dairy Council suggests that the elimination of flavored milk in school systems results in students drinking less milk. Additionally, food costs increased as school systems tried to replace the nutrients found in a glass of milk.
Posted in: Dairy

 

A recent study found that consumers make beef purchases based more on price, safety and quality than on sustainability.
Posted in: Beef

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

An unusually wet spring has put many Virginia sweet corn growers behind their usual schedule, but most expect to have the tasty treat in time for July Fourth celebrations.
Posted in: Corn

 

La Plaza Farmers’ Market, the city’s new Latin market that opened this spring, grew out of an interest in sourcing foods locally for restaurants.

 

Donating old, unusable farm equipment, trucks, cars, boats and other vehicles can help educate children in Virginia elementary schools about agriculture.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

The Children’s Museum of Richmond will host its fourth annual Down on the Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 13. The event will be sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc.
Posted in: Events

 

A recent produce industry journal article finds strawberries are the top-selling U.S.-grown berry, while greater availability of other berries has led to sales increases for those.
Posted in: Crops

 

Prince George County Farm Bureau has taken steps to build a relationship with local animal control officers after some agricultural animals were seized from a local farm.

 

The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has scheduled a series of free professional development workshops for teachers of pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Each will feature agriculture-related classroom activities that meet current educational standards.

 

Virginia Cooperative Extension has begun making some of its more popular consumer resources available via e-book.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

The American Farmland Trust is asking families to pledge that they will spend $10 a week this summer at their local farmers’ markets.

 

A comprehensive immigration reform bill has moved from the Senate Judicial Committee’s consideration to the full Senate for debate. The American Farm Bureau Federation says one big question the bill should raise is whether Americans want to import farm labor or farm products.

 

It’s a happy marriage of recycling and animal husbandry for two beef cattle operations in Nelson County. Massie and Joyce Saunders feed spent mash from Blue Mountain Barrel House Brewery as a supplement to their herd at Rose Isle Farm.
Posted in: Beef

 

U.S. beekeepers have struggled with the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, for years and have been uncertain of the cause. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the decline in honey bee numbers due to CCD can be attributed to multiple factors.
Posted in: Bees, Honey

 

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering its 2013 Pesticide Disposal Program at no cost to participants in designated localities.
Posted in: Pesticides

 

The next federal farm bill gained momentum last week when the Senate and House agriculture committees approved their respective versions of the bill.

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Virginia Tech has a nationally ranked dairy science program and a top-notch dairy research herd.
Posted in: Dairy

 

“Always wear your life jacket!” is the theme of a National Safe Boating Council campaign—and the best way to prevent drowning while on a boat or other watercraft.
Posted in: Safety

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

It’s a Virginia tradition to enjoy Brunswick stew in the fall, and this year more visitors to the State Fair of Virginia will be able to enjoy that treat, thanks to an expanded Brunswick stew competition.
Posted in: State Fair

 

Virginia Farm Bureau reminds all farmers to examine equipment used for cutting and baling before heading out to the hayfield.
Posted in: Farm Safety

 

Spring pea varieties—garden, snow or sugar snap—are packing pods of nutrients.
Posted in: Crops

 

Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said the so-called Gang of Eight’s current immigration bill “is the best chance in 35 years to fix a broken immigration system.”

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

While grilling food can be a fun, healthy way to cook, it requires a measure of caution.
Posted in: Home Safety

 

Year after year, some people have little success growing plants. Augusta County horticulturist Mark Viette believes many times it’s not their fault.
Posted in: Gardening

 

Virginia residents now have the opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown produce at seasonal farmers’ markets that open in May.

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

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.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

 

Heated debates over reintroducing elk to Southwest Virginia have resumed in four localities this spring, prompted by a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries proposal to prohibit any hunting of elk in Lee, Russell, Scott and Tazewell counties.

 

It has a long way to go before becoming law, but the introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill is significant for U.S. agriculture.
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