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Tobacco, broilers, milk are Virginia’s leading organic products

Tobacco is the leading organic product in Virginia, the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced.


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Virginia, nation seeing increase in organic farming and sales

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released findings of its most recent survey of organic farms on Sept. 17. The survey found Virginia had 167 organic farms—139 USDA-certified and 28 exempt from certification requirements—that accounted for 28,412 acres of production last year. They produced $41.3 million in organic products.


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Governor McAuliffe announces expansion of organic herb growing facility in Rockingham County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Shenandoah Growers, Inc. will expand its existing organic herb nursery greenhouse and production facility in Rockingham County.


High technology, weapons of mass destruction and hazardous communication tools

2015’s opening offers an appropriate time to examine high technology and its development of weapons of mass destruction and other threats to the Earth.


A brief history of agricultural time

Agricultural methods over the past 12,000 years have been responsible for two-thirds of our excess greenhouse gases, essentially mining soil carbon and converting it to carbon dioxide and methane, beginning a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel.


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Middle-size farms ‘going away,’ 2012 census figures show

The 2012 Census of Agriculture points to a “hollowing out” of the middle of American agriculture, according to Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist and deputy executive director for public policy.


Small businesses will need to rethink Facebook strategy

The change with Facebook that has been slowly coming for the past two years will solidify in January with the virtual end of so-called organic reach for business messages.


My Clean Kitchen: Bold Rock and Apple Roasted Chicken

This week Jessica and I took a trip to Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford, VA. This place is like Disney World for grown ups. It’s beautiful there and the cider is delicious!


Bitcoin: The next unwinnable war?

We need to elect people that understand and will protect the flourishing Bitcoin market and keep it out of the reach of the Federal government’s omnipotent tentacles and omniscient bureaucrats.


Can playing on artificial turf cause cancer?

Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little black dirt-like granules that fill up the space between synthetic blades of grass and make up some 90 percent of today’s artificial turf fields are actually ground-up car and truck tires. As such they contain a host of potentially noxious chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health problems.


Sign up now for 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Virginia farmers and forest land owners can now apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


Earth Talk: Concerns about parabens in health, beauty, personal care products

First commercialized in the 1950s, parabens are a group of synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives in a wide range of health, beauty and personal care products.


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Virginia receives nearly $1.2 million in funding to strengthen local food economies

Virginia received funding from three participating programs aimed at strengthening organic local and regional food systems through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods.


Lyrical paintings featured in Staniar Gallery exhibit

Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery is pleased to open its 2014-2015 year with “Conversing With Time,”


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Finding the right tree for the right place

Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best.


Foundation helps small Virginia farms secure grant money

Almost 250 agricultural businesses nationwide recently received a total of $25 million to help expand their operations and create value-added products.


Dinner Diva: Are your hormones raging out of control? Learn how to balance them with food

You hear about it all of the time, but do you really understand how important hormone health is to your overall well being?


Dinner Diva: Grow your own stir fry from kitchen scraps

The next time you toss your kitchen scraps, you might want to ask yourself if you can regrow them first!


Earth Talk: Top U.S. eco-travel destinations

Where are some good eco-travel destinations right here in the continental U.S. that I can consider for a family vacation?


Maximize the healthfulness of coffee by cold brewing, adding fat

Coffee is more than just a morning ritual. It’s a delicious medicine that humans have been enjoying since the thirteenth century. As one of the best sources of antioxidants, coffee helps eliminate excess free radicals, which cause inflammation and cell damage.


Earth Talk: Ocean debris

The so-far in-vain search for Flight 370 has indeed stirred up interest in the growing problem of ocean debris as objects thought to possibly be plane parts have repeatedly turned out to be just floating trash.


Earth Talk: Chemicals and obesity

Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates have doubled for American adults and tripled for kids and teenagers aged six through 19 since 1980. Today, 31 percent of American adults and 15 percent of youngsters are classified as overweight.


Seven reasons why saturated fats should be valued, not vilified

For many people, the word “fat” strikes instantaneous fear of heart disease and weight gain. Add the word “saturated”, and the brain sounds alarm bells. But, if Mother Nature made saturated fat so delicious, how could it be death-inducing?


Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Spicy Fruit Salsa (and a side of nostalgia)

After a long week on an island, in the Florida sun I was in the mood for something from the grill and that tastes beachy. I am not quite ready to be done with my vacation. So I adapted a balsamic chicken recipe I’ve been making for a while, adding a little heat and some Georgia peaches as well.


McAuliffe Announces 2,000 new jobs in Chesterfield County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today at the Virginia State Capitol that Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese pulp and paper company will invest $2 billion over five years to establish its first U.S. advanced manufacturing operation in Chesterfield County.