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Boost business by raising minimum wage

As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I’d like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide.


Earth Talk: Avoiding harmful food additives

More than 10,000 food additives are approved for use in the U.S., despite potential health implications. Some are “direct additives” deliberately formulated into processed food; others are “indirect,” that is, finding their way into food during processing, storage or packaging.


Holiday traditions of the VMI Keydets

With Christmas now upon us, VMI Associate Athletic Communications Director Brad Salois caught up with a handful of Keydets to get their thoughts on favorite holiday traditions that they share with those around them.


Blue Ridge Area Food Bank receives $75,000 from Dominion Foundation

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has received a $75,000 donation from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc., parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.


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Governor McAuliffe announces USDA funding for two programs connecting Virginia schools, farmers

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced that Virginia was selected for two USDA awards that will help connect Virginia agricultural producers with school systems statewide.


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Partnership with FamilyWize helps United Way of Greater Augusta save residents $2M on prescriptions

United Way of Greater Augusta and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have teamed up to make prescriptions more affordable for those without insurance or even those with insurance that doesn’t cover the medicine.


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Seven Hills Food to provide new market for Virginia livestock producers

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Seven Hills Food, LLC will revitalize and open a meat processing facility in the City of Lynchburg.


Kroger contributes to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division today presented the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank with more than $30,000. Kroger is donating $5,000 of the total for a new refrigerated trailer for the Food Bank to pick up and deliver food to soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries in its area.


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Labor issues, institutional markets addressed at Farm to Table Conference

What needs to happen for Americans to value fresh, healthy, local food more? The annual Virginia Farm to Table Conference has become a meeting ground to discuss that question and many others.


A brief history of agricultural time

Agricultural methods over the past 12,000 years have been responsible for two-thirds of our excess greenhouse gases, essentially mining soil carbon and converting it to carbon dioxide and methane, beginning a slow stable warming that now accelerates with burning of fossil fuel.


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Middle-size farms ‘going away,’ 2012 census figures show

The 2012 Census of Agriculture points to a “hollowing out” of the middle of American agriculture, according to Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist and deputy executive director for public policy.


In quest for greener pastures, don’t plant invasive species, Virginia Tech researchers say

Few agribusinesses or governments regulate the types of plants that farmers use in their pastures to feed their livestock, according to an international team of researchers.


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Governor McAuliffe announces new Virginia Bioscience Initiative

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a Virginia Bioscience Initiative, kicking off the effort with a roundtable discussion on the commercialization of university bioscience research at the State Capitol.


Power Hour: AFP leads class on Event Strategy

Need help with your marketing strategy or planning a successful event? Join Augusta Free Press at the Power Hour at Panera Bread in Waynesboro for our series of one-hour business classes.


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McAuliffe: Agriculture, forestry essential to ‘the new Virginia economy’

Fog delayed his arrival, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was perfectly clear about his vision for agriculture’s and forestry’s role in Virginia’s economy.


geSHENKe. A fine art and music experience

Artist Carmen Shenk, formerly chef and co-owner at Jimmy Anderson’s Casual Gourmet has started a new venture in Staunton, Virginia, called geSHENKe, a fine art and live music experience.


Virginia Tech president calls farmers ‘the ultimate entrepreneurs’

Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy D. Sands told several hundred Virginia farmers that the partnership between U.S. agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities “has never been stronger.”


Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages Virginians to prepare for winter

The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2014, as Winter Preparedness Week.


McAuliffe urges Virginians to get ready for winter weather

Winters in Virginia often are cold, snowy and icy and bring extended power outages.


Virginia Tech student workers gain valuable hotel, restaurant experience

Debbie Cadenas of Middleburg, Virginia, is one of at least 100 students who work at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center at any given time


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McAuliffe announces council to tackle nutritional divide

To help bridge the nutritional divide in Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new council that will seek to eliminate childhood hunger and promote Virginia’s agriculture industry.


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North Augusta Farmers’ Market hosts annual Winter Market

The North Augusta Farmers’ Market will hold a special Winter Market and Craft Sale on Wednesday, December 3rd, noon-6pm at the American Hotel Banquet Room, 125 S. Augusta St., Staunton.


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AAA urges motorists to prepare vehicles for winter

According to AAA’s Automotive Research Center, at 0°F, a car’s battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and at 32°F it loses 35 percent.


Earth Talk: Re-using greywater at home

Re-using your greywater may be the only way to keep your lawn and garden healthy without taking more than your fair share of the community’s precious freshwater reserves.


Food Bank clients face tough choices this holiday season

Families on limited incomes throughout the Blue Ridge area continue to make difficult choices between their basic needs and putting food on the table, according to a recent study of hunger in the area.


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McAuliffe executive order establishes Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which will be chaired by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.


Virginia Tech student researcher studies the core of cider production

It’s been said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But one Virginia Tech student researcher is interested in a different phenomenon: how many apples fall from the tree, and how does this affect cider quality?


Shenandoah National Park announces fall, winter Visitor Center hours

The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and the Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) in Shenandoah National Park will both be open on Thanksgiving Day.


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Tickets for Opening Day of 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament on sale Friday

Ttickets for “Opening Day Presented By Food Lion” of the 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament (Tuesday, March 10) will go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m.


Ruth Jones named City of Staunton communications manager

Staunton City Manager Steve Owen announced today that Ruth Jones has been selected to fill the position of communications manager for the City of Staunton.


Final Augusta Free Press Power Hour classes of 2014

Need help with your marketing strategy or planning a successful event? Join Augusta Free Press at the Power Hour at Panera Bread in Waynesboro for our series of one-hour business classes.


Virginia Tech scientist digs into poison resistance in snakes

The rough-skinned newt is easily one of the most toxic animals on the planet, yet the common garter snake routinely eats it.


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Young agriculture professionals needed to fill bounty of jobs

There is an abundance of job opportunities in the food and agriculture fields and a national shortage of young professionals to fill them.


Native wildlife habitats start with native plants

There’s a lot of buzz about local food, but what about local plants? Native plants are those that are indigenous to a region and possess traits that make them uniquely adapted to local conditions.


Assessing the risks of genetically engineered crops

Earth Talk examines the potential health and environmental impacts of so many genetically engineered organisms in our food supply.


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Hummus company wants Virginia-grown chickpeas

Sabra Dipping Co. has ramped up production in the Richmond area to meet consumer demand for hummus. The company officially opened a major expansion of its Chesterfield County food plant in October.


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VCU awarded $25,000 Ford C3 grant for Building Sustainable Communities

A team of VCU students has received a Ford College Community Challenge grant awarded to student-led projects focused on “Building Sustainable Communities.”


Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

Jessica and I have compiled a list of tips for a happier day in the kitchen. This list comes from owr own Thanksgiving day cooking experiences as well as some friends, moms and grandmas.


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Virginia marks Farm-to-School Week

Virginia’s public elementary, middle and high schools serve 670,000 lunches, 250,000 breakfasts and 7,240 afterschool snacks each day.


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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce Diamond upgrades, 2015 ticket structure

The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, are proud to announce three new renovation projects to enhance fan experience at The Diamond.


Survey: Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal cost decreases for 2014

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $5 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.


Climate change and food’s nutritional value

It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time.


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Celebrating Chincoteague salts during Virginia Oyster Month

“Virginia is for Lovers” – of oysters – during the month of November as proclaimed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Seven flavorful regions stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore means a harvest of delicious bivalve dishes.


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Project GROWS Harvest Party featuring the Berenstain Bears this Saturday

Project GROWS, a 501c3 non-profit educational farm located in Augusta County, will host its annual “FEASTival,” harvest party and open farm event this Saturday.


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Local food, local fuel, focal finance

Building a vibrant local economy requires many interlocking pieces – from local food, to local fuel, to the local finances to bring these initiatives to fruition.