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Virginia agricultural, forestry exports reach new record high

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia agricultural exports, which also include forestry products, reached a new all-time high of $2.85 billion in 2013, up more than 8 percent in total value from the previous record reached in 2012.


Report: Virginia agriculture, farm sector growing

The amount of land in farms in Virginia increased by more than 229,000 acres, to a total of 8.33 million acres. The average farm size also grew by 10 acres, to 181 acres.


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Niche markets growing for beef producers

Some Virginia fast-food restaurants are beginning to advertise the fact that they serve grass-fed beef, and such products are popular at farmers’ markets and local butchers around the state.


Dinner Diva: Make the decision-eat to live

Instead of scrambling and looking for replacements for bread and cereal, try to focus on eating for your best health. Get out of the “live to eat” mindset and adopt the attitude of “eat to live.”


Virginia corn could set a record for the 2013 production year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Virginia’s corn yields are expected to be 154 bushels per acre, up 51 bushels from the previous year’s yield and up four bushels per acre from the November forecast.


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This year’s Virginia corn harvest is a bin-buster

As of the first week of November, 94 percent of the state’s corn harvest was complete. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop survey estimates Virginia corn yields will average 145 bushels an acre, a 29 percent increase from last year’s drought-stricken crop.


Old Fashioned Lawn Party in Highland

Hands and Harvest weekend in Monterey was Oct. 11-13, and this was the second annual “Old Fashioned Lawn Party” fund raiser for Highland Second Wind and Highland Senior Services.


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Record corn yield on track for Virginia; peanuts and cotton yields down from September forecast

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s corn yield as of November 1 is estimated to be 150 bushels per acre, a record for the state. If realized, this yield is up 5 bushels per acre from the previous forecast.


Beverley Manor students watch – and feed – the bears

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is currently treating a record 16 black bear cubs – and these cubs have been the featured “stars” of Critter Cam, the Center’s live camera feed. Students at Beverley Manor Elementary School in Staunton have been watching the bears … and decided to take the next step to help the Center feed the bears.


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Matt Lohr leaving state post for Farm Credit of the Virginias

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Comissioner Matt Lohr announced today that he will be leaving the agency in early December to begin a new position as director of the Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center in Harrisonburg.


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Report: Genetically modified crops as safe as conventional, organic foods

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USDA payments to farmers start going out today

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today the start of distribution of USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants across the country.


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Look for great learning opportunities on a fall trip through Virginia

In my opinion, and I believe the opinion of many other travelers, fall is second only to summer as prime traveling time. Here in Virginia the days are still warm but the nights are cool.


Crop forecast hard to come by this fall

The last available crop forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are dated Sept. 30, right before the congressional budget impasse shut down non-essential parts of the federal government.


Dinner Diva: Add a new meat to your dinner plate

There’s a lot more in the way of meat out there than pork, beef and poultry. Venison, bison, rabbit, goat and even alligator are all examples of readily available game meats (in most places).


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Updated Virginia agricultural crop forecast

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that dry conditions for most of August have lowered Virginia’s row crop yield prospects.


Farm Bureau: 2011 a ‘decent year’ for farmers

This year has been a year of more ups than downs for Virginia farmers. Corn, soybeans,cattle and hog prices have all been good this year, despite a recent decline in some. “Farmers received record-high prices for corn,” said Jonah Bowles, agricultural market analyst for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. The 52-week high for corn was $7.80 […]