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Author encourages farmers to engage consumers: ‘Sometimes people just want to know why’

Author encourages farmers to engage consumers: ‘Sometimes people just want to know why’
Early in her keynote remarks at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation 2018 Annual Convention, author Michele Payn asked 700 farmers for a show of hands.



Northern Neck newspaper again wins top journalistic honor

Northern Neck newspaper again wins top journalistic honor
The Rappahannock Record in Kilmarnock captured Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Ishee-Quann Award, the top honor in Farm Bureau’s annual Journalism Awards program. The newspaper, which serves readers in part of the state’s Northern Neck, also won the non-daily newspaper category for the third consecutive year and for the 12th year in the past 14.



Deck the halls with a Virginia-grown Christmas tree

Deck the halls with a Virginia-grown Christmas tree
There are more than 500 Christmas tree farms in Virginia, and thousands of this season’s trees are about to hit the market. 



Giving gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays

Giving gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays
Flower bulbs are beautiful gifts for the holidays. Purchased from local greenhouses and nurseries, bulbs will bloom indoors, providing a bright accent on bleak winter days.



Chestnut trees make a comeback in Virginia

Chestnut trees make a comeback in Virginia
Fresh chestnuts are once again available in Virginia, benefitting cooks who go nuts over using local ingredients in holiday dishes.



Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales

Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales
Soybeans have been Virginia’s top agricultural export for the past couple of years. Odds are they won’t be anymore.



Students can enter 2019 Ag Day essay contest

Students can enter 2019 Ag Day essay contest
High school students have until Jan. 31, 2019, to submit entries for the National Ag Day essay and video essay contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America.



Excess moisture affecting crop production

Excess moisture affecting crop production
Topsoil moisture levels have been higher than normal throughout this year’s harvest season and remain high.



Virginia turkey production is up this year

Virginia turkey production is up this year
The number of turkeys raised in Virginia is expected to total 17 million this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 16,800 last year, carving out a plentiful market of local birds available for the holiday table.



Despite slight cost increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain

Despite slight cost increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.23 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.



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