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AAA urges parents to pay attention to child safety seats, laws

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.

New grant program supports Shenandoah Valley foods businesses

Valley Conservation Council (VCC) and the Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF) have funded eight projects through the Agriculture Cultivates Resilient EconomieS (ACRES) grant program.


More accountability needed for Chesapeake Bay pollution

A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report card on the Chesapeake Bay was headlined “partners are making progress in Chesapeake Bay cleanup.”


Thoroughbred horse event to showcase retrained race horses

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.

Watermelons and cantaloupes are tardy this year but still tasty

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.

Resource Management Plans will help document on-farm conservation efforts and compliance

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.


Twice the rides at the Rockbridge Regional Fair

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.

New law affirms right to farm, grants freedom from government overreach

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.

Time for some fresh Virginia peaches

Virginians looking for the perfect peach to sweeten their summer won’t have to wait much longer. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the state’s peach season has started with the first early varieties.

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Senior News Briefs

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.


First participants in conservation stewardship program can renew

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.

Shepherd Bliss: Black Oak Down

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.

Hurricane season: Be prepared to move pets

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.


EPA extends comment period on proposed waters rule

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.

McAuliffe announces first shipment of poultry to China from Virginia in seven years

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.

Small fruit season is almost here

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.

Paws to Read encourages summer reading

The Augusta County Library system is hosting a summer reading program for children ages birth to 18 now through July 31.


Lessons for horse owners from recent EHM case

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.

Ken Plum: Garden magic

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.

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Sign up now for Farm Market Fresh for Seniors program

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.

Report shows the importance of dairy in Virginia

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.

USDA to survey farmers about 2014 crops

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).

Farm vehicle safety is a primary concern on secondary roads

“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.

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Farm Bureau: Proposed EPA water regulations won’t exempt farmers

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.

Eric Cantor to farmers: Passing newest farm bill ‘was pretty rough’

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.


Farm Bureau: EPA’s proposed rule doesn’t hold water

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.”

VDACS kicks off program promoting Virginia farmers markets

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend and peak farmers market season, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announces the 2014 “Farm. Fresh. Pledge!” program.

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When grilling or dining al fresco, remember basic food safety

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.

‘Ditch the Rule’ campaign asserts farmers’ challenge to proposed waters rule

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.

Strawberry season off to sweet start in Virginia

Virginia strawberry growers anticipate a strong season despite challenging weather across the state. At many farms, cool weather delayed this year’s strawberry crop by one to three weeks. But these strawberries will be worth the wait.

Virginia agricultural sales up, farm numbers down, census finds

The sale of agricultural products, both nationally and in Virginia, reached a record high in 2012, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

Results from 2012 Census of Agriculture reveal positive findings for Virginia

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.

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Governor McAuliffe proclaims May as Beef Month in Virginia

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.

Gov. McAuliffe announces resumption of poultry exports to China

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that after almost seven years Virginia poultry exports will resume to the People’s Republic of China.

Consumers’ appetite for fresh strawberries is strong

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.

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Survey: Americans paying more for bacon, eggs, toast

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.


Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy confirmed in Virginia horse

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).


Farmers markets — and asparagus — are springing up this month

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: 25 Years Later

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.

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.