Tag: agriculture

Performance Livestock and Feed Company to establish feed production operation in Virginia

Performance Livestock and Feed Company, Inc., will invest $4.2 million to establish a new feed production operation in Henry County.

Virginia winter wheat production forecast down 16 percent from 2015

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday that Virginia farmers expect to harvest 11.7 million bushels of winter wheat during 2016.

Agriculture-based teacher development series set for July, August

The Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program will host “Sprouting Success,” a free professional development series.


New tour in Virginia may help expand production of soft wheat

Industry stakeholders have conducted wheat quality tours in the Midwest for decades, but mid-Atlantic soft wheat tours are still in their infancy.

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Virginia Farm Bureau Grain Marketing key player in supply chain

According to the USDA, Virginia farmers produced more than half a billion bushels of grain and soybeans between 2006 and 2012.

Every modern strawberry has a taste of Virginia in it

The genesis of the modern strawberry is perhaps the greatest long-distance plant breeding project of all time.

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Virginia wheat forecast down 16 percent from last year

Virginia farmers expect to harvest 11.7 million bushels of winter wheat in 2016 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Breakthrough egg production study reveals significant reduction in environmental impact

A landmark study conducted by the Egg Industry Center has given the industry something to crow about.


Commodity prices concern farmers, not consumers

It’s been a year since corn and wheat prices tumbled on the Chicago Board of Trade. Milk prices took a steep nose dive last November.


USDA expands safety net for dairy operations

Dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program can update their production history when an eligible family member joins.


Virginia continues to lead in clam and oyster aquaculture

Virginia’s hard clam sales of $32.3 million led the nation, while its $16 million in oyster sales is the front-runner on the East Coast.

New tools coming to handle Big Data

The average farmer is generating an enormous amount of data every time he or she runs modern farm equipment.


Governor McAuliffe announces 2015 Virginia agricultural, forestry exports figures

Virginia is the second largest exporter of agricultural goods on the East Coast, and narrowed the gap between the Commonwealth and first place Georgia.


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.

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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.

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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.