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Project GROWS leads North Augusta Farmers Market to successful year

Project GROWS is a nonprofit community farm with the mission of improving the overall health among children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.


Study finds agriculture still a large part of Fauquier economy

According to a recent economic impact study, Fauquier County farmland is serving as a barrier against sprawling development that characterizes parts of adjacent counties.


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Agriculture proves good use for historic properties

Most of the fighting at the Battle of Opequon took place on farmland that’s been in the same family since Colonial times and is being restored to its agricultural roots with the advice of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Shamrock Farms Augusta County milk plant opens its doors

Shamrock Farms announced on Friday the grand opening of its Augusta County milk plant. The plant officially opened yesterday with a small ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd P. Haymore.


Why not interview Jesse Matthew in 2009?

Jesse Matthew, in jail on a charge related to the Sept. 13 disappearance of second-year UVA student Hannah Graham, was working as a cab driver the night that Morgan Harrington disappeared in 2009.


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Fields of Gold agritourism program awarded USDA grant

A growing group of agritourism operators in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia recently received a significant boost in promotional and technical support with the award of a $93,674 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program.


‘Hoofprints of History’ tours readying for a fall run at The Meadow

The legendary Secretariat made many a victorious trip across the finish line during his racing career. Tourists looking for an off-the-beaten-path day trip this fall can make tracks to his birthplace at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.


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).


Hannah Graham family statement

The family of missing UVA student Hannah Graham issued a statement Saturday pleading with the public for any information as to the whereabouts of their daughter, who went missing in the early-morning hours of Sept. 13.


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Farm Bureau encourages dialogue with farmers regarding antibiotics

The American Farm Bureau Federation emphasized U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to national health and responsible livestock production practices.


Facing likely defeat, EPA abandons farm case in West Virginia

The U.S. EPA decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda.


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State Fair favorites could change with introduction of new attractions

The State Fair of Virginia is steeped in tradition, but there are plenty of new features that could become fairgoer favorites.


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Cyrus McCormick’s Farm Mill Day set for Oct. 4

The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center invite the public to the annual Cyrus McCormick’s Farm Mill Day Saturday, October 4 from 9am to 4pm.


National FFA president from Shenandoah County wrapping up term

The National FFA organization was founded at Virginia Tech in the 1920s, but it’s been 35 years since it was led by a Virginia youth.


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Virginia farmers’ markets among Top 100 in national celebration

Virginians do love their farmers’ markets. That’s evident from the popular vote that landed four Virginia markets in the national Top 100 identified by the American Farmland Trust’s annual “I Love My Farmers Market Celebration.”


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Farm Succession Solutions workshop set for Oct. 23

Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on “Succession Solutions for Farm Families” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Staunton Holiday Inn.


R.T. Smith’s book of new and selected poems reflects the arc of his career

R.T. Smith’s new book of poetry, “In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems” (Texas Review Press, 2014), reflects the arc of his award-winning exploration as a poet for the past 33 years.


It’s apple season in Virginia, and the crop looks good

Growers report a good crop as state’s 2014 apple harvest gets underway. Virginia Grown apples are ripe and ready—for picking, for purchasing and of course, for eating.


Christmas tree growers gearing up for the holiday season

A seven-foot-tall, Fraser fir from Claybrooke Farm in Louisa County was named the state’s 2014 Grand Champion Christmas Tree during the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association (VCTGA) annual conference in Winchester.


Funding available for developing farm resource management plans

State funding is available for developing agricultural resource management plans as part of Virginia’s new Resource Management Plan program.


Enrollment for new dairy farm risk management program to begin Sept. 2

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.


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.


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McAuliffe helps roll out Resource Management Plan program

Gov. Terry McAuliffe helped kick off a campaign to encourage farmers to enroll in Virginia’s new Resource Management Plan program on Aug. 25.


Love=Slow Cooker Whole 30 Pulled Pork

My Clean Kitchen blogs on the subjects of love, pulled pork and a talk by local author Marietta McCarty.


Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables to open destination brewery, farm store

Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables, one of the Shenandoah Valley’s most unique and popular wedding and event venues, is about to add a brand new dimension to its operations by opening a destination brewery and farm store.


Governor McAuliffe touts new agricultural resource management plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe today joined Virginia agricultural and conservation leaders in endorsing and promoting the state’s new agricultural Resource Management Plan (RMP) program.


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Robert Hurt: Allow our family farms to prosper

When I visited a cattle farm in Appomattox, I spoke with the farmer about the rising cost of fuel, which is among his largest expenses as it powers the tractors and vehicles that allow him to transport hay and cattle.


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State Fair of Virginia competitions: One for every taste or talent

Competitions are a time-honored tradition at fairs across the country, and the State Fair of Virginia is no exception.


American Farm Bureau offering farm bill resources online

The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a series of videos and launched a website at goo.gl/ujjnny to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill.


Virginia’s first lady speaks in support of conservation program

A cooperative effort between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia’s farm community is getting ready to launch, and Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe has produced a television public service announcement to promote it.


ATVs report: Paved roads, no helmets common in fatal accidents

A new report highlights the dangers posed by using ATVs on roadways, without helmets and when consuming alcohol.


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U.S. farm production expenditures and farmland values rise

American farmers spent $367.3 billion to run their businesses in 2013, according to a farm production expenditure report published recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


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2014 Farm Bill information session in Weyers Cave on Aug. 20

Farmers and farm landowners are cordially invited to attend the session to be held August 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Weyers Cave Community Center, 682 Weyers Cave Road, Weyers Cave, VA.


More growth on tap for Virginia’s craft beer industry

Virginia’s flourishing craft beer industry is delighting beer enthusiasts, capturing critical acclaim, boosting tourism and attracting events such as the National Beer Expo, which was held last month in Richmond.


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Farmers and state vet: Antibiotic use in livestock safe, necessary

Virginia livestock producers treat their animals with antibiotics when they are sick, but meat and milk from animals with antibiotics in their systems doesn’t end up on store shelves.


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.


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Peanuts were born, raised in Virginia

Virginia’s peanut farming roots are plenty deep. The first commercial crop of peanuts in the United States was actually produced in 1842 in Southeast Virginia.


Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park features two local vineyards

Skyland Resort is excited to announce the continuation of their popular Shenandoah Seasonings Vintner Dinners. During the month of August, two local wineries will be featured.


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Secretary Haymore unveils Southern Virginia Wine Region road signs

Today, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore unveiled the Southern Virginia Wine Region road signs, part of a continuing Virginia wine region sign program aimed at attracting more visitors to Virginia wineries.


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Afton farm awarded top animal welfare certification

The sheep at Whistlin’ Hollow Farm are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved. This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.


House bills address farm concerns with EPA ‘waters’ proposal

Two bills that have bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives address serious concerns voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.