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Gov. Northam authorizes FFA license plate

Even if you’ve never worn the blue jacket of the FFA, Virginia residents will soon be able to show their support of the Virginia FFA on their license plate.

My Virginia Plate will be 2015 Virginia AITC book of year

Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program has named My Virginia Plate, written by Tammy Maxey and illustrated by Kevin Pitts and Greg Cravens, its 2015 Virginia AITC Book of the Year.

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Goochland County farmer re-elected president of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

Wayne F. Pryor, a Hadensville beef, grain and timber producer, was elected Dec. 4 to a fifth two-year term as president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

Agriculture education need not wait until middle and high school

Effective education about agriculture begins at a young age, ideally in schools.

Agriculture education strengthened through local partnerships

Agricultural education is being taught for the second year at Fluvanna County High School, thanks to a partnership between the school and the Fluvanna County Farm Bureau. The last time the county school system had a similar curriculum was in 1994.

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State Fair officials ‘thrilled’ with this year’s event, attendance

Official attendance figures show 238,000 people visited this year’s State Fair of Virginia, a 4 percent increase over last year’s attendance. “We couldn’t have asked for a better combination of mostly sunny skies, cooler temperatures and large crowds,” said Greg Hicks, the fair’s vice president of communications.

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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.


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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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.

New livestock pavilion ready for use during State Fair

The brand-new 40,000-square-foot First Bank & Trust Pavilion is ready to house cattle during this year’s State Fair of Virginia, which will open Sept. 26 and run through Oct. 5.


Livestock and live music headline Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show

It’s time for the Rockbridge Regional Fair, which makes its annual return to the Virginia Horse Center July 16 – July 19.

First case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) just reported in Virginia

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), announced Tuesday that Virginia has just received laboratory confirmation of its first case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).

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Robert Hurt: National FFA Week highlights the importance of agricultural education

National FFA Week began in 1947 and is celebrated each year in conjunction with George Washington’s birthday in recognition of his legacy as a farmer.

Virginia Agriculture: Showing Virginia agriculture’s innovative side

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) unveiled this week the second edition of Virginia Agriculture, an annual magazine devoted to the Commonwealth’s number one industry.

Dixie Gas & Oil makes $1,000 donation to Augusta County Fair

Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation is supporting the Augusta County Fair through BP’s Fueling Communities Program with a grant donation of $1,000.

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VDACS commissioner says farewell

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly four years since I was given the tremendous opportunity to serve as Virginia’s 14th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Teaming up with Gov. Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore to help lead the Commonwealth’s number one industry has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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Matt Lohr leaving state post for Farm Credit of the Virginias

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Comissioner Matt Lohr announced today that he will be leaving the agency in early December to begin a new position as director of the Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center in Harrisonburg.

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Look for great learning opportunities on a fall trip through Virginia

In my opinion, and I believe the opinion of many other travelers, fall is second only to summer as prime traveling time. Here in Virginia the days are still warm but the nights are cool.

Matt Lohr: Today’s FFA – making your grandfather proud

Recently I had the tremendous honor of attending Virginia’s 85th state FFA convention on the campus of Virginia Tech. What a wonderful opportunity to see more than 1,700 bright, eager and enthusiastic young agricultural leaders in action. As I sat there in Burruss Auditorium, I found myself reflecting back to my own days when I […]

Historic 66th Market Animal Show slated for May 4-5

For two days each May the animal stockyard in Staunton turns into an agribusiness classroom. Mixed in among the dust, tears, bleats, moos, and squeals are a lot of life lessons not only in animal husbandry, but in business, citizenship, and marketing as well. On May 4-5 at the Staunton Union Stockyard on New Hope […]