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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.



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. 



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.



When consumers dine out more, farmers see less of their food dollars

When consumers dine out more, farmers see less of their food dollars
Americans are spending more on food, and they’re dining out more. One consequence of that, other than leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, is that farmers are seeing less of each consumer food dollar.



Buy and burn local firewood

Buy and burn local firewood
When stocking up on firewood this season, forestry officials have a hot tip. Buy local and burn local when it comes to fueling your campfire, fireplace or wood-burning stove, and you will be doing your part to curb the spread of invasive insects and disease. 



Farm groups step up support of new farm bill

Farm groups step up support of new farm bill
The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined 15 other agriculture organizations urging House and Senate agriculture leaders to complete the federal farm bill by the end of the year.



Award-winning author to speak at Farm Bureau convention

Award-winning author to speak at Farm Bureau convention
Best-selling author Michele Payn will share excerpts from her latest book, Food Truths from Farm to Table, on Nov. 27 during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.



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