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Growing conditions mixed for sweet corn crop

Growing conditions mixed for sweet corn crop
Like bicolor corn, this year’s sweet corn season is a mix.



VSU to hold Fish School, Quickbooks sessions

VSU to hold Fish School, Quickbooks sessions
Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program will hold its annual Fish School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9 and 10 at the university’s Randolph Farm Pavilion near Petersburg.



Secretariat bloodline fueled new Triple Crown winner

Secretariat bloodline fueled new Triple Crown winner
On June 9, a strapping chestnut colt named Justify sprang out of the starting gate in the Belmont Stakes and did not relinquish his lead, becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner in the competition’s 99-year history.



American cheese inventory sets record high

American cheese inventory sets record high
American cheese stocks totaled 1.35 billion pounds at the end of April, the second-highest total since 1917 and the highest April total ever, reported the American Farm Bureau Federation.



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.



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.



Tour reveals an encouraging winter wheat crop

Tour reveals an encouraging winter wheat crop
Participants in the Virginia portion of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Wheat Tour were encouraged by what they saw on farms in the eastern part of the state.



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.



Celebratory week, beekeeper funding focuses on honeybee health

Celebratory week, beekeeper funding focuses on honeybee health
June 18-24 has been set aside as National Pollinator Week, and Gov. Ralph Northam has declared it Virginia Pollinator Week as well.



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.



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