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Infrastructure helps state horse industry have $1.2 billion impact

Virginia’s horse industry has an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion, according to study findings announced March 17 by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.




Virginia aquaculture oysters getting international exposure

At the March 20-22 International Boston Seafood Show, the largest event of its kind in the United States, retailers, wholesalers, importers and distributors will be able to sample Virginia aquaculture oysters.



Broccoli industry could boom for East Coast growers

Most of the broccoli sold on the East Coast is grown in California and Arizona and trucked east, arriving in stores as many as 10 days after harvest.



Careful burning is essential to avoid out-of-control fires

A burn restriction went into place on Feb. 15 in Virginia. Outdoor burning is prohibited if a fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material.



Va. Irish potatoes miss St. Patrick’s Day but find a summertime niche

When Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with potato dishes, they’re not eating Virginia potatoes. That’s because the Virginia potato industry has a special niche in the marketing season—from mid-June to mid-August.




Mulch has multiple functions in the garden

There are many types of mulch to choose from when buying garden supplies. Some is mixed into soil as a conditioner, while other types are used as a top layer that holds in moisture, stabilizes soil temperature and deters weeds.



Census finds U.S. horticulture becoming more diverse

The sales of food crops grown under protection in the United States more than doubled in the past decade as U.S. horticultural operations are becoming more diverse and taking advantage of newly emerging agricultural trends, according to results of the 2009 Census of Horticultural Specialties.




Grandin to cattlemen: See surroundings as livestock would

Farmers will find it much easier to handle livestock if they understand an animal’s point of view. That’s what national animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin told close to 400 attendees Jan. 20 at the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council’s winter beef conference.




Study finds flavored milk is key for at-school consumption

A recent study conducted in 58 schools nationwide found that children choose flavored milk over unflavored milk nearly 70 percent of the time. And when flavored milk was not an option, milk consumption dropped.



New complex to embrace Pittsylvania County agriculture

The grand opening of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex signifies more than just a building opening.



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