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Foods for sport and exercise

Chances are that you’ve seen many food advertisements that claim they can help you get fit.


Grant will help combat pests in Asia and feed a swelling global population

A $2 million grant awarded to Virginia Tech will empower farmers in Asia to grow food in a way that addresses challenges of climate change


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Dinner Diva: My seven favorite anti-inflammatory foods

The following seven foods are anti-inflammatory super heroes and you should eat them frequently, or at least three-four times per week.


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Farmers, food banks are active in effort to reduce food waste

Federal agencies and anti-hunger advocates estimate 30 to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is thrown away each year.


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Dinner Diva: Myth Buster

Everyone’s concerned about watching the grocery budget these days, and rightly so! Food costs are climbing.


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Dinner Diva: Three ways to get the kids involved in freezer meal prep

As far as I’m concerned, basic kitchen skills are every bit as important to teach our children as are basic hygiene skills.


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Salmonella uses strange GPS to conquer the immune system

Researchers have determined that salmonella has a most unexpected way of telling where it is in the body: It uses its food as its GPS.


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Avoid a food safety penalty this Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is already the most-watched television program in the United States, and this year’s 50th game is sure to take the experience to a whole new level.


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Local wrestling clubs lead food can drive

A group of local youth wrestling clubs are leading a can drive to collect food for needy.


Virginia Tech students say bon appétit to invasive species

Rose Peterson of Norfolk, Virginia, was recently whipping up some pesto, which is generally made with basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese.


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USDA explains why food safety should be at the top of all of our holiday lists

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The next few weeks are full of good cheer and plenty of food.


Dinner Diva: The nine best cuts for crock cooker meals

It’s supper time. The smells coming from the kitchen have been making your mouth water all day. Your family is seated around the table, bellies grumbling.


The wonders of food

Thanksgiving is truly a great holiday. I’ve always enjoyed the day — how it feels, smells, and of course, tastes.


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Antibiotic claims serve to scare consumers, limit farmers

Farmers and farm organizations rallied last month to assure consumers that there are no antibiotics in their sandwiches—or their food supply in general.


Dinner Diva: Seven fun and fast gluten-free breakfasts

Over and over again, I hear people say, “But what will I eat for breakfast if I’m going gluten-free?” OR “Gluten-free fill-in-the-blank is so expensive!”


Dinner Diva: Farmers Market Guide-52 in season for September

Have you been to the market lately? There is a bounty of fresh local goodness to be found at the Farmers Market in September, straight from the field!


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Virginia Tech researchers aid international effort to address gaps in food availability

An international team of researchers, including scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, said nutrition science will have to change drastically to feed an exploding world population.


Dinner Diva: Paleo versus primal … what’s the difference?

By now, you all know that I’m a big supporter of the paleo lifestyle. I’ve experienced the benefits myself, so it’s easy for me to get behind this way of eating.


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Heirloom tomatoes enhance the taste of summer

They’re all the rage at farmers’ markets and trendy restaurants and among gardeners and foodies. That’s because heirloom tomato varieties are tasty.


Dinner Diva: Five restaurant worthy summer dips

When it’s hot outside, you may be tempted to head to the deli for your favorite dips. But, nine times out of ten, those packaged food items are full of non-healthy ingredients. Luckily, you can easily make your own summer dips that can take a regular snack or mid-day meal from okay to restaurant-worthy.


Dinner Diva: Five cool meals for hot days

No matter where you are in the United States right now—and even Canada—,it is a hot summer. Temperatures are in the hundreds in many areas, and the humidity is reportedly high from friends of mine in parts of the continent where this type of weather is unheard of, even in the thick of summer.


Choosing and using a food thermometer

Food thermometers can play an important safety role when you’re grilling summer meals.


Dinner Diva: Easy fixes for eating on the go!

As a frequent flyer myself, I’m here to tell you that you can, indeed, stay Paleo on the go. All it takes is a bit of planning.


Goodlatte pays for fat kids to eat more burgers

Mr. Goodlatte, recently you shared with us a story of visiting local schools and seeing food, and the tax dollars that prepared them, go to waste. You suggested that Washington roll back standards that require school cafeterias to place healthy items on every child’s plate, as these “green” items are foreign to many American’s hamburger tastes and thus get trashed.


Farm Bureau still supportive of FDA authority for GMO labeling

Citing a need for consistent and credible messaging, the American Farm Bureau Federation again voiced its support for legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.


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Farm Bureau marks Ag Week by donating food, reading to children

Virginia Farm Bureau employees at that organization’s office in Goochland County donated nearly one ton of food—2,000 pounds—to mark National Ag Week, March 15-21.


Many Americans respect science but are leery of GMOs

Recently released study findings indicate Americans recognize and respect the achievements of science but take issue with scientific findings related to specific topics.


New dietary guidelines: What’s good, what’s bad, what does it all mean to me?

Remember when eggs were bad? And coffee – really bad. Caffeine in general, cholesterol, you had to avoid it. That was so … early 2015.


A National Food Policy?

A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policy for managing the nation’s food system as a whole.


Where do vegetable transplants come from?

Millions of vegetable transplants will be purchased this spring, and there’s a good chance many of them got their start in a Virginia greenhouse.


Subscription programs deliver farm-fresh, Virginia grown products

It may be winter, but many Virginia farms are planning for the warmer, bountiful months ahead and offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions for the upcoming season.


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USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems.


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Mark Obenshain: The governor is at it again

Last night, both chambers of the General Assembly convened with other government leaders to hear the Governor deliver the annual “State of the Commonwealth” address.


Food Bank to provide more healthy food in coming year

Buying unhealthy, inexpensive food is one of the most common ways that client households of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank stretch their dollars, a recent study of hunger reveals.


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Virginia forage conferences link animal and human health

Beef has periodically gotten a bad rap, but a speaker at an upcoming series of forage and grassland seminars believes beef is the real health food.


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Revenge of the bacteria?

The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost.


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Virginia companies exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is hosting a Virginia Pavilion at the Winter Fancy Food Show, January 11-13, 2015, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.


The Greenbrier unveils second annual Discovery Series

To kick off the new year, The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is launching its second annual Discovery Series, a collection of 10 themed weekends meant to elevate the senses, uncover hidden passions and cultivate the palate.


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It’s time: Girl Scout Cookie time

It’s that time again for the Great American Girl Scout Cookie Sale! From January 1 to March 31, Girl Scouts in our local communities will become young business entrepreneurs as they learn goal setting, marketing skills, and money management.


The new skinny on dietary fat

Going “fat-free” might seem like an effective, safe way to lose weight when considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to four calories per gram in carbohydrates and proteins.


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Colder weather doesn’t chill interest in farmers markets

Until a few years ago, the Christmas holiday usually meant the end of the season for farmers markets across the state. They often wouldn’t reopen until mid-May.


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GMO foods don’t need labeling, farmers say

On a recent WWBT TV 12 news segment, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation representatives explained that genetically modified crops are no different from conventional crops.


Virginia Cooperative Extension presented Balanced Living with Diabetes program

Bath Senior Center Members participated in The Balanced Living with Diabetes program presented by Stephanie Deihl,


Bath Community Senior Center Christmas luncheon

Twenty-four Bath Senior Center Members attended a Christmas Luncheon hosted by Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church on December 8.


Mathers thanks you for giving this holiday season

The Mathers Team, our colleagues, associates and friends pitched in to make the holidays brighter for a number of people in need this Christmas season.


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Boost business by raising minimum wage

As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I’d like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide.


Earth Talk: Avoiding harmful food additives

More than 10,000 food additives are approved for use in the U.S., despite potential health implications. Some are “direct additives” deliberately formulated into processed food; others are “indirect,” that is, finding their way into food during processing, storage or packaging.


Holiday traditions of the VMI Keydets

With Christmas now upon us, VMI Associate Athletic Communications Director Brad Salois caught up with a handful of Keydets to get their thoughts on favorite holiday traditions that they share with those around them.


Blue Ridge Area Food Bank receives $75,000 from Dominion Foundation

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has received a $75,000 donation from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc., parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.


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Governor McAuliffe announces USDA funding for two programs connecting Virginia schools, farmers

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced that Virginia was selected for two USDA awards that will help connect Virginia agricultural producers with school systems statewide.