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Ag safety week highlights hazards facing farmers

Farming ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, every year there are 20 farm work-related deaths for every 100,000 workers, which is six times higher than the combined average for all U.S. workers.

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McAuliffe announces partnership to promote Virginia farmer veterans

A new statewide marketing program will give Virginia farmers who have served in the military the opportunity to participate in a national branding campaign.


Farmers: GMO crops help reduce inputs, enhance conservation

A survey of farmers indicates biotechnology and genetically modified crops play an important role in farming more efficiently.


Despite setbacks, small grains play important role on state’s farms

Virginia barley and winter wheat harvests have been on a downward trend for several years, and 2016 was an especially disappointing one for growers.


U.S. agricultural production costs declined sharply in 2015

U.S. farmers spent $362.8 billion on agricultural production in 2015, down 8.8 percent from 2014.

Why I Farm Roadtrip blogger visits Virginia farmers

Natalina Sents, a recent agricultural business graduate from Iowa State University, has embarked on a year-long trip to learn about why farmers farm in all 50 states.


Choice beef is what consumers want

U.S. beef producers are raising more beef that is grading choice or prime, and consumers have an extremely high demand for those higher-quality products.


New tour in Virginia may help expand production of soft wheat

Industry stakeholders have conducted wheat quality tours in the Midwest for decades, but mid-Atlantic soft wheat tours are still in their infancy.

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Virginia Farm Bureau marking myriad of milestones

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation marked the beginning of its 90th year at the 2015 annual convention last fall.

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Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is March 6-12

Across the United States, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program.


Big data can make a big difference on farms

A recent study about precision agriculture showed that unused data equaled $8.1 billion in unrealized revenue for farmers.


State oversight of biosolid applications is sufficient, farmers say

Virginia farmers are asserting current state oversight of the use of biosolids as a source of nutrients for farmland is sufficient, though the practice merits an impartial study.


County ag development boards can address local issues

Bringing together people from different agricultural backgrounds gives agriculture a voice and strength within a county.


AgrAbility Virginia helps farmers continue to do their jobs

After suffering a carotid aneurysm in 1999 that made it difficult for him to walk, Dinwiddie County farmer Alvin Blaha needed a solution.


GAO legal opinion: EPA violated law regarding ‘Waters’ rule

the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke the law with social media and grassroots lobbying campaigns advocating for its “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


Farming’s future is bright, but challenges lie ahead

It’s a great time to be a part of agriculture, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Barry Bushue, and U.S. farmers have access to numerous new technology and trade opportunities.


Governor McAuliffe announces lifting of Oman ban on Virginia poultry products

Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Oman this weekend during his trade and marketing mission to India and the Middle East to celebrate the lifting of the country’s ban on poultry imports from Virginia and many other states.


Why be a good farmer?

Many good reasons exist, other than merely earning money, to be a food farmer, though getting paid is an important benefit. Working outside in nature is good for the body and soul.

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Staunton Creative Community Fund inspires, facilitates loaning of start-up capital

Invest Local, a program sponsored by Staunton Creative Community Fund, is focused on discovering community members who have a passion for a project that needs funding, folks looking for a way to get more local dollars into the community, or people interested in changing the way money flows into their neighborhoods.

Share agriculture resources with your favorite teacher, school

Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education have the opportunity to gift agriculture-related resources to an educator or a local school through Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-a-Teacher and Adopt-a-School programs.


Second fig harvest underway in Virginia

August marks the second round of fig harvesting in Virginia. The fruit makes two appearances, at the start of the summer in June and again from late August into October.

What advantages do vertical farms have over traditional gardens and farms?

When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were no vertical farms. Now, it’s an exciting movement in U.S. food production, providing pesticide-free leafy greens and herbs to a fast-growing population.

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Virginia Tech’s worldwide efforts to cut crop losses will help feed billions, researchers say

Halting climate change-induced crop losses could relieve pressure on farmers who are trying to satisfy burgeoning populations, Virginia Tech researchers say.


Enrollment opens for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program

Dairy farmers’ enrollment period in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Margin Protection Program began July 1 and will run through Sept. 30 for coverage in 2016.


Summertime favorite sweet corn is ready for picking

The wait is over! Sweet corn, a summertime favorite, is in season in Virginia during July and August.

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Virginia corn stock down from 2014: Grain stocks up

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that reserves of corn are down this year in the Commonwealth, but winter wheat stocks are up.


Virginia soybean, peanut acres increase

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that soybean and peanut acreage is up this year in the Commonwealth.

Montgomery farmers engage animal rights activists via social media

Montgomery County dairy and sweet corn producers Casey and Stacey Phillips of Dry Valley Farms participated in the Dairy Industry’s #MilkTruth campaign this past winter and received mixed messages.

Dinwiddie farmer uses social media to educate consumers

Coley Jones Drinkwater makes posting on social media a part of her daily routine—just like milking cows. The Dinwiddie County dairy farmer posts agriculture facts, photos and videos to her Facebook page “Dinwiddie Farmer” (Facebook.com/DinwiddieFarmer) to educate consumers about agriculture.

Former NFL center Jason Brown led to life of service through agriculture

When former NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing.

The farm-fresh pledge is back, with potentially big benefits

As peak farmers’ market season approaches, shoppers are being invited to enjoy their favorite farm-fresh products while boosting local economies.

SMV emblems can be life-saving on rural roads

Farm equipment is sometimes wider than rural roads, and it’s built for power, not speed. With planting season in full swing across Virginia, motorists should watch for triangular orange emblems on the back of farm equipment.

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Livestock disaster plans can offer peace of mind

When storms hit, disaster plans help livestock farmers weather the damages. This past February, Wise County cattleman Danny Cantrell lost 13 calves because of 20-plus inches of snow combined with 20-below nighttime temperatures.

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Delegates who farm help educate their non-farming colleagues

Delegates who farm said that work affords them a unique understanding of legislation that stands to affect Virginia’s farmers and rural communities.


USDA surveys provide the first clear signs of the production of major commodities for the 2015 crop year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced that the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey.

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FDA study shows extremely low rate of drug residues in milk

A study of the U.S. milk supply by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows little evidence of drug residues in milk.


Winemaker Paul Hobbs, repeat offender, violates agreements again

This neighbor drives by Paul Hobbs’ new Watertrough Road vineyard in the Sebastopol countryside many days each week on the way to town. The vineyard borders on five schools with around 700 students.

Compact tractors pulling their weight

More farmers and other equipment operators are buying compact tractors instead of full-size machines these days. Joel Hudnall, owner of Turf’s Up Landscaping, said one of his most useful tractors has only 48 horsepower and a smaller frame.