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Agriculture census finds contrasts in Virginia’s largest industry

Agriculture census finds contrasts in Virginia’s largest industry
The recently released results of the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture are full of contrasts.



Review program helping produce growers prepare for federal compliance

Review program helping produce growers prepare for federal compliance
Dana Boyle welcomed the group of visitors to her family’s farm, adding, “I’m not nervous about this. I don’t know whether I should be.”



Beehive distribution program suspended

Beehive distribution program suspended
Virginians are excited about raising honeybees. Due to an overwhelming response to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Beehive Distribution Program, the program has been suspended. 



Weather-wary growers hoping for sweet strawberry season

Weather-wary growers hoping for sweet strawberry season
Like the rest of Virginia’s farmers, strawberry growers have been dealing with an extremely wet winter and early spring. But if the sun comes out soon, they’re hoping for a sweet picking season.



Secretariat Heritage Center launched to establish tourism destination

Secretariat Heritage Center launched to establish tourism destination
The recently announced Secretariat Heritage Center will get off to a running start on May 4.



April marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving is a problem on America’s roadways, and Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April helps highlight the issue.



Penne Pasta with Fresh Peas and Gorgonzola Cheese

Penne Pasta with  Fresh Peas and Gorgonzola Cheese

This rich pasta dish uses fresh spring peas and is creamy and decadent. The richness comes from the blend of cream and cheeses. Serve the pasta with a tossed salad and crusty bread for soaking up any extra sauce.




Water quality efforts working, bay program reports

Water quality efforts working, bay program reports
The Chesapeake Bay Program announced March 26 that water quality in the bay met its highest level since monitoring began in 1985, besting its previous record reported in 2017.



Program helps farmers graze livestock 300 days a year

Program helps farmers graze livestock 300 days a year
Winter feeding expenses can add up to more than 50 percent of cattle and small ruminant production costs, and they make up a large portion of variable expenses for horse owners and boarding operations.



Virginia is holding on to corn and wheat stocks

Virginia is holding on to corn and wheat stocks
Virginia had slightly more corn, wheat and oats stored in off-farm facilities on March 1 than at the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



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