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Grocery bill increases 2 percent as beef and pork prices rise

National food prices rose about 2 percent from a year ago, according to a quarterly survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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U.S. farm production expenditures and farmland values rise

American farmers spent $367.3 billion to run their businesses in 2013, according to a farm production expenditure report published recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Summer picnics still a bargain at less than $6 per person

A typical summer picnic will cost slightly more this year than last, but it’s still a bargain at less than $6 per person, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Virginia growers expected to plant additional cotton, peanuts

After a cold and wet early spring, Virginia farmers are ready to get their crops in the ground. Corn plantings across the state are behind schedule. Cotton and peanut producers are expecting to plant more acres this year, while producers of other major row crops are pulling back a bit.


This year’s Virginia corn harvest is a bin-buster

As of the first week of November, 94 percent of the state’s corn harvest was complete. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop survey estimates Virginia corn yields will average 145 bushels an acre, a 29 percent increase from last year’s drought-stricken crop.


Five bucks for Thanksgiving: Survey

Five bucks on a crappy extra-value meal at McDonald’s, or five bucks for a Thanksgiving feast. Your choice. That’s the word from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, which put together an informal price survey of the cost for Virginia families to eat a Thanksgiving meal, and came to $5 a person as the answer.