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Ethanol production benefits all Virginians

Over the next three years, the Vireol ethanol facility in Hopewell plans to employ 70 workers, produce 170 million gallons of ethanol and spend $100 million to purchase 21.7 million bushels of grain from Virginia farmers.


Dinner Diva: What is lurking in your tea cup?

You’ve been paying close attention to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists to help you make the best food choices that you possibly can for you and your family. You try to make sure that the food you buy is as free of chemicals as it can possibly be. But, how much thought have you given to what’s in your daily cup of tea?


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Farmers Market season under way in Virginia

Looking for the freshest, most delicious locally grown products available? One of the best ways to enjoy the bounty of Virginia’s spring, summer and fall is to shop at one of the state’s many farmers markets.


Virginia growers expected to plant additional cotton, peanuts

After a cold and wet early spring, Virginia farmers are ready to get their crops in the ground. Corn plantings across the state are behind schedule. Cotton and peanut producers are expecting to plant more acres this year, while producers of other major row crops are pulling back a bit.


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UVa. spring football game set for Saturday

The UVa. football team will hold its annual Orange-Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 12 at Scott Stadium. The gates open at 11 a.m. for pregame activities and the spring game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.Admission and parking are free.


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Vireol Bio Energy to add 70 jobs in Hopewell

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Vireol Bio Energy LLC will commission the former Osage Bio Energy facility and begin production of ethanol in the City of Hopewell.


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Corn and winter wheat acreage down from 2013, cotton and peanuts up

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s corn producers intend to decrease acreage in 2014 to 500,000 acres.


Hobey Bauhan: Perspective on the Renewable Fuel Standard

Bob Dinneen’s commentary (Bob Goodlatte and the Renewable Fuel Standard, March 24, 2014) on the federal ethanol mandate is one-sided and omits important information.


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Bob Dinneen: Bob Goodlatte and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rep. Bob Goodlatte is right to laud the American farmer (Bob Goodlatte: Celebrating American agriculture, March 22), but wrong to attack the one policy that has helped drive a rural economic revival – the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).


Things you can learn about agriculture in a first-grade classroom

Although I had the advantage of understanding where food comes, when I came to work for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) 18 years ago, I realized I didn’t fully understand the complexity, diversity and far-ranging economic importance of Virginia’s largest industry, agriculture.


Bob Goodlatte: Celebrating American agriculture

In Virginia, there are more than 46,000 farms owned and operated by individuals and families. The economic impact of the agriculture industry is $52 billion dollars annually and provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth alone.


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New law affords farms ‘a greater degree of flexibility’ with activities

Just before spring came to Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation that could mean a new beginning for many Virginia farmers and local food operations.


Dinner Diva: Focus on what you CAN have

When people first hear the Dinner Diva’s gone Paleo, they almost always say the same thing: Oh I know this Paleo diet is supposed to be healthy, but I could never give up [bread/potatoes/pasta/corn/dairy/etc.].


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 […]