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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.



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.



Wealthier Americans know less than they think about food

Wealthier Americans know less than they think about food
While socioeconomics play a significant role in Americans’ opinions about food safety and in their purchasing decisions, higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices.



Recently formed Young Farmers group at community college receives grant

Recently formed Young Farmers group at community college receives grant
The Wytheville Community College Young Farmers recently were recognized with a Collegiate Farm Bureau Mini-Grant of $500 from the American Farm Bureau Federation.



Start preparing for hurricane season now

Start preparing for hurricane season now
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017 were stark reminders of the need for preventive action before a storm.



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.



Tobacco growers consider implications of FDA nicotine proposal

Tobacco growers consider implications of FDA nicotine proposal
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes public comment on a proposed nicotine standard for combustible tobacco products, Virginia tobacco growers are considering the future of their industry.



Prepare your home for destructive summer storms

Prepare your home for destructive summer storms
Hurricanes dominate headlines more often during the summer and fall than thunderstorms and lightning, but the South Carolina-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center cautions homeowners not to underestimate the destructive and deadly force of summer storms.



Virginia wheat growers have new marketing option

Virginia wheat growers have new marketing option
Virginia wheat growers pride themselves on raising a top-quality crop, and now they have a new buyer.



Farmers and food banks reaping rewards from tax credit

Farmers and food banks reaping rewards from tax credit
Virginia farmers and food banks alike are reaping the benefits of the Food Crops Donation Tax Credit, which makes fresh, nutritious food available to residents served by seven regional food banks.



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