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Farmers can complete 2017 census online through July

Farmers can complete 2017 census online through July
Farmers who have yet to complete their 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire may still do so online through the end of July.



Cattleman ships from southwest Va. to southern China

Cattleman ships from southwest Va. to southern China
It’s a long trip from the mountains of Southwest Virginia to southern China, but it was a trip Smyth County cattleman Seth Umbarger was ready to take to help his family farm expand.



Heavy rains a mixed blessing for Virginia farmers

Heavy rains a mixed blessing for Virginia farmers
Frequent, heavy storms between May 14 and May 20 delayed fieldwork on Virginia farms and had some impact on recently planted corn and soybeans and nearly mature small grains.



Monticello’s agrarian roots still growing today

Monticello’s agrarian roots still growing today
Monticello—lush lawns, stately columns and abundant agriculture. That’s right, former President Thomas Jefferson’s home was once an agrarian mecca and continues that tradition today.



Soggy fields causing problems for some Va. farmers

Soggy fields causing problems for some Va. farmers
Virginia farmers are typically worried about lack of rainfall but after constant showers the last two weeks of May, many growers are hoping the tap is soon turned off.



Farm Bureau supports science-based labeling bill

Farm Bureau supports science-based labeling bill
The nation’s largest agricultural organization has voiced support for legislation that would require science-based consumer product labeling.



Wheat buyers, others will check out this year’s crop during tour

Wheat buyers, others will check out this year’s crop during tour
Millers, granary operators and traders will be inspecting the quality of Virginia-grown wheat May 30 and 31 as part of the annual mid-Atlantic wheat tour.



Virginia winter wheat production forecast to be up 23 percent

Virginia winter wheat production forecast to be up 23 percent
Virginia farmers expect to harvest 11.7 million bushels of winter wheat during 2018, 23 percent more than a year ago, according to a recent yield survey.



Virginia blueberry bushes loaded with fruit this year

Virginia blueberry bushes loaded with fruit this year
At Swift Creek Berry Farm and Greenhouse in Chesterfield County, one of many pick-your-own operations across Virginia, the bushes are loaded with ripening blueberries.



Keep hope alive: farmers optimistic about farm bill

Keep hope alive: farmers optimistic about farm bill
Farmers are disappointed in the House’s defeat of the 2018 Farm Bill, but are optimistic that there will be a farm bill before the end of the year.



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