Tag: agriculture


Number of US and Virginia farms dropped slightly in 2015

There were 2.07 million farms in the United States in 2015, 1 percent fewer than in 2014, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service.

Virginia’s, nation’s largest industry to be celebrated March 14-20

Agriculture, America’s and Virginia’s largest industry, will be celebrated March 14-20, National Ag Week. March 15 has been designated National Ag Day.


Farmers to learn about communicating at inaugural Farming Leaders Conference

To better prepare farmers to communicate with the public, several organizations will host a Farming Leaders Conference March 19 at Blue Ridge Community College.

Virginia corn yields were good in 2015, though acreage was down

Virginia corn growers had good weather and great yields in 2015, according to the latest crop production estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Indoor agriculture called ‘next major enhancement’ to US food supply

Indoor agriculture typically entails growing produce with hydroponic and aeroponic technologies in greenhouses, warehouses and containers.

State oversight of biosolid applications is sufficient, farmers say

Virginia farmers are asserting current state oversight of the use of biosolids as a source of nutrients for farmland is sufficient, though the practice merits an impartial study.

Farm profits down as 2015 ends

America’s farmers probably will see lower profits this year, according to the latest forecast by the USDA Economic Research Service.

Governor’s bond package includes VT livestock, poultry research facilities

Virginia’s agriculture community had reason for a pre-holiday celebration when Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9.

Virginia Tech’s John Munsell awarded $1.4 million for agroforestry projects

John Munsell has been awarded $1.4 million to expand uses of agroforestry to enhance farm and forest production while achieving strategic conservation goals.

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County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellence of local programs

Farm Bureaus in the counties of Hanover, Nottoway, Powhatan, Russell, Stafford and Tazewell were recognized Dec. 2 by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for their work in educating the public and promoting agriculture and Farm Bureau.

McAuliffe remains intent on making Virginia the East Coast capital for ag, forestry exports

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the commonwealth’s farmers and foresters will help him “take Georgia down,” establishing Virginia as the East Coast capital for agricultural and forestry exports.


Regulatory reform lawsuits proving necessary, farmers told

In 2015 the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation joined several legal cases in support of the organization’s policy positions.

Commercial market for drones in agriculture is robust, farmers told

The market for commercial drone use in American agriculture has been recognized by aviation and agriculture experts. But some specifics remain up in the air.

Old Man Winter can’t stop Virginia farmers’ markets

Farmers’ markets may seem like a summer event, but many are going strong through the winter months. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national farmers’ market directory lists 116 winter markets operating in Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe announces lifting of Oman ban on Virginia poultry products

Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Oman this weekend during his trade and marketing mission to India and the Middle East to celebrate the lifting of the country’s ban on poultry imports from Virginia and many other states.

Why be a good farmer?

Many good reasons exist, other than merely earning money, to be a food farmer, though getting paid is an important benefit. Working outside in nature is good for the body and soul.


Foundation helps small Virginia farms secure grant money

More than 250 agricultural businesses nationwide recently were awarded a total of $34 million to help expand their operations and create value-added products.

Technology helps farmers increase output, lower input costs

From big data to the agricultural drones that can gather that information, farmers are investing in technology to improve their operations.


Governor McAuliffe announces new Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the award of three planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

Harvest yields cut for Virginia peanuts, other field crops

After a record 2014 harvest, Virginia peanut growers anticipate a 10 percent smaller harvest this year, at 76 million pounds. Yields are expected to drop 450 pounds per acre from last year, when they hit a record high of 4,450 pounds an acre, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Warner, Kaine announce nearly $3 million in USDA funding to support Virginia agriculture

Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,996,643 in grant funding to small businesses throughout Virginia. Today’s funding will support operations and marketing at local farms, ranches, wineries and other product-based small businesses that contribute to the agricultural industry in Virginia.

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Virginia crop production forecast: November 2015

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Tuesday that corn production inVirginia is forecast at 49.6 million bushels, down 1 percent from the October forecast and down 2 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 160.0 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from last month but up 15.0 bushels from the 2014 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 310,000 acres, down 40,000 acres from 2014.

Virginia turkey production is up from that of 2014

Just in time for the holidays, there are even more Virginia-grown turkeys available this year. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the number of turkeys raised in Virginia in 2015 is expected to total 17.4 million, up 4 percent from the 16.8 million raised in 2014.

Study finds Virginia dairy industry’s economic impact is significant

Virginia’s dairy industry accounted for about $2.3 billion in economic output in the commonwealth last year and employed nearly 8,000 people.


Sweet potatoes: The other orange seasonal standout

Pumpkins may take center stage in fall decorations and desserts, but sweet potatoes are the real autumn stars when it comes to home gardens.

State’s winter wheat production down more than one-fifth

Virginia farmers harvested 13.9 million bushels of winter wheat this past summer—22 percent less than in 2014 and 2 percent less than an August forecast.

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Staunton Creative Community Fund inspires, facilitates loaning of start-up capital

Invest Local, a program sponsored by Staunton Creative Community Fund, is focused on discovering community members who have a passion for a project that needs funding, folks looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community, or people interested in changing the way money flows into their neighborhoods.

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Virginia winter wheat production down from 2014

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced that Virginia farmers harvested 13.9 million bushels of winter wheat during the summer of 2015.

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Report: Statistics on organic production in Virginia in 2014

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced on Monday the state’s organic production for the year 2014. The information comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) based on last year’s surveys.

Share agriculture resources with your favorite teacher, school

Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education have the opportunity to gift agriculture-related resources to an educator or a local school through Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-a-Teacher and Adopt-a-School programs.

Second fig harvest underway in Virginia

August marks the second round of fig harvesting in Virginia. The fruit makes two appearances, at the start of the summer in June and again from late August into October.


Urban Agriculture Summit set for October in Richmond

Registration is open for Virginia’s third Urban Agriculture Summit, which will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Richmond.

What advantages do vertical farms have over traditional gardens and farms?

When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were no vertical farms. Now, it’s an exciting movement in U.S. food production, providing pesticide-free leafy greens and herbs to a fast-growing population.

Bull, beef industry prices are up nationwide

While droughts in 2011 and 2012 decreased cattle herds across the country, the beef industry is now enjoying an increase in demand and price—particularly prices for breeding bulls.

Farmers spent close to $400 billion on 2014 production costs

U.S. farmers spent $397.6 billion on agricultural production in 2014, up 8.3 percent from 2013. That’s the largest increase since 2008, according to the Farm Production Expenditures Annual Summary, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Virginia crop forecast shows corn, soybean and peanut production up from 2014

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the state’s crop production forecast based on conditions as of August 1.

Virginia Tech’s worldwide efforts to cut crop losses will help feed billions, researchers say

Halting climate change-induced crop losses could relieve pressure on farmers who are trying to satisfy burgeoning populations, Virginia Tech researchers say.


Report: Kale production on the rise

Farmers who previously focused their efforts on cultivating collard, turnip and mustard greens are now adding kale to their repertoires.

How ya like them apples? Virginia ranks sixth in apple production nationally

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today the 2014 production figures for apples, grapes and peaches. The figures came from surveys by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Fields of Gold presents state officials with Farm Trail products

Central Shenandoah Planning District Executive Director Bonnie Riedesel presented Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with a harvest box of Fields of Gold Farm Trail products.

Farming? There’s an app for that

There are nearly 900 mobile apps available in the iPhone app store that help farmers monitor equipment, manage farms off-site and track outputs and labor.