Tag: farming

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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.


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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.


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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.


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New report illustrates diversity among family farms

Most farms in the United States, including those in Virginia, are family-operated, but not all family farms are the same.


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Biological farming conference set to open Jan. 30

Twenty-five sessions and 2,250 minutes of learning are all rolled into 37.5 hours of information at the 16th Annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference.


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Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in helping shape policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 11-14 at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


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Tractor usage raises money for Agriculture in the Classroom

Farmers in Mecklenburg County raised money for Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program this year by doing what they do best—farming.


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Farming for the Next Generation is theme of Farm Bureau convention

More than 800 Farm Bureau producer members, voting delegates and guests from across Virginia will look toward the future of farming at this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


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Agriculture in the digital age: Yes, there’s an app for that

When you think of farming tools, you may think of tractors, cultivators, combines and other heavy equipment. In today’s digital age, a farmer is just as likely to be using another tool.


Farm Bureau encouraging comment on EPA Waters proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging its members to participate in the public commend period for the proposed EPA “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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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.


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Douthat State Park Apple Day and Arts and Crafts Fair set for Oct. 11

Fall has arrived so why not come out to Douthat State Park to kick-off the season at Apple Day: A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beach complex.


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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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.


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Fields, pastures, creek sides … and trees!

Come find out about agroforestry in a day-long workshop focused on two particular practices, riparian buffers and silvopastures. These practices are one way to bring trees back into our farming to work for us, and the land.


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House passes bill that would block proposed EPA ‘Waters’ rule

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 9 passed a bill that would effectively block the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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.


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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.


Fifteen states’ attorneys general challenge EPA ‘waters’ rule

Fifteen attorneys general from states with significant farming and ranching sectors have sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency objecting to the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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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.


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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.


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ShenanArts presents Footloose in August

ShenanArts proudly presents Footloose August 1-3 and August 8-10 at the nTelos Theater at Gypsy Hill Place in Staunton. Join us as we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of this classic story, unforgettable music and dynamic dancing.


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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.


Earth Talk: Is organic agriculture sustainable?

Dr. Henry I. Miller, former director of the Office of Biotechnology at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, argues that conventional farming—which uses synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and often genetically modified (GM) seed stock to maximize yields—is actually better for the environment, producing more food and using less water compared to organic farming.


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‘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.


Staunton City Council candidates forum set for March 31

All eight candidates for Staunton City Council and moderator Carly Stephenson of WHSV-TV will take part in a candidates forum sponsored by the Spencer Center at Mary Baldwin College and Transition Staunton Augusta.


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.