As families embark on summer travel plans on planes, taxis, rented or shared automobiles with their young passengers, AAA Mid-Atlantic urges parents to study child passenger safety laws and recommendations to ensure safe travel.
Valley Conservation Council (VCC) and the Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF) have funded eight projects through the Agriculture Cultivates Resilient EconomieS (ACRES) grant program.
A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report card on the Chesapeake Bay was headlined “partners are making progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup.”
The new Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show, which will be held July 25-27 at The Meadow Event Park, will highlight the versatility of former race horses in the show ring while showcasing the illustrious history of the venue.
Those favorite slices of summer—watermelons and cantaloupes—are making their seasonal debut in Virginia a little behind schedule. Their tardiness, however, should be offset by their tastiness, thanks to favorable growing conditions.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is introducing a new program this summer to help all Virginia farmers implement conservation plans, and to keep better track of conservation practices in use on farms.
The Virginia Horse Center, host of the Rockbridge Regional Fair, which runs July 16-19, has announced that Sherwood Amusements will be furnishing the rides this year, doubling the number from past years.
HB 268 marks the latest chapter in a controversy that attracted nationwide attention in 2012 when the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors forced family farmer Martha Boneta to cease selling produce from her own 64-acre farm.
Meals on Wheels volunteer for Price Rotary Senior Center, Wayne Harold was the proud winner of a $15.00 Wal-Mart gift card which is awarded each month through a drawing by Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Shull as part of their Volunteer Appreciation Program.
Producers with expiring USDA Stewardship Program contracts have from July 11 until Sept. 12, 2014 to renew and add conservation activities that will support their natural resource improvement activities and fine-tune their conservation plans.
The tall, old black oak had split right down the middle of its deep, wide trunk. Though on my neighbor’s farm, it anchored my farm. It now lay slit down its center, broken, crashing across the fence.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reminds pet owners to think now about how to care for their pets during a hurricane or summer storm.
The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that defines the waters of the United States that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that after almost seven years Virginia poultry exports resumed to the People’s Republic of China, with the first shipment leaving Perdue Foods Incorporated’s cold-storage export facility in Norfolk.
The bushes and canes are growing heavy with berries at Richard Jackson’s fruit farm, and so far this season things are looking good for his new operation.
The Augusta County Library system is hosting a summer reading program for children ages birth to 18 now through July 31.
Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), says Virginia was fortunate with the recent case of EHM in April.
I have had more time to spend in my garden than I have had any spring for many years. I had almost forgotten how relaxing and satisfying working in the soil can be.
During two enrollment sessions in June, older adults with limited income will be eligible to receive $40 in coupons to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at the Staunton, Verona, and Waynesboro Farmer’s Markets this summer.
With a reminder that milk is the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed June as Dairy Month in the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages Virginia farmers to participate in two important mid-year surveys from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
“Country roads, take me home.” Many people remember the popular song by John Denver, but not everyone remembers to watch out for slow-moving farm vehicles on those country roads at this time of year.
Proposed modifications from the RPA to the Clean Water Act definitely will expand the federal government’s regulation of agriculture land uses, according to Donald Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation.
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th, told members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board that an “unholy marriage between food stamps and farm policy” complicated Congress’ ability to pass the 2014 Farm Bill sooner than it did.
The American Farm Bureau Federation warns that a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could require farmers to follow federal regulations for those “waterways.”
While you’re grilling a Virginia beef burger or picnicking with farm-fresh produce, be sure to celebrate Memorial Day and other summer events safely.
Farmers and ranchers across the nation recognize that their ability to farm could be negatively affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule.
The sale of agricultural products, both nationally and in Virginia, reached a record high in 2012, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
On May 2, the National Agricultural Statistics Service released final figures from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. These final results follow preliminary figures released by Governor McAuliffe on Feb, 24 indicating many growth areas in Virginia agriculture.
As the weather gets warmer, Virginians are firing up their grills for juicy burgers and mouth-watering steaks. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe acknowledges this all-American tradition and proclaims May 2014 as “Beef Month” in Virginia.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that after almost seven years Virginia poultry exports will resume to the People’s Republic of China.
Consumers who were asked to pick their favorite fruits from a list of 14 chose strawberries most often in research by the California Strawberry Commission.
Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey.
Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), announced on Friday that a horse in Virginia has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a neurological disease of horses caused by Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).
Some Virginia farmers’ markets will open this month, while others have been open year-round. At many markets, shoppers will find Virginia-grown asparagus.
A Second Chance, after 25 years of absence and silence, was recently offered Shepherd by Assumpta. Her email arrived from Europe to his farm. We had met in Barcelona in l988 and have had no contact during the last quarter of a century. I answered her email within 15 minutes of its sending, without thinking, but with a deep feeling of connection.
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.