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Asparagus with Apple & Onion

Asparagus with Apple & Onion

This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.




Game board passes elk management plan

Game board passes elk management plan
The Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries passed the 10-year Virginia Elk Management Plan at its March 21 meeting.



Virginia farmers keep close watch on net income forecast

Virginia farmers keep close watch on net income forecast
U.S. net farm income is expected to increase 10 percent this year, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the increase follows a 16 percent drop in 2018.



Winter-damaged shrubs call for patience, then pruning

Winter-damaged shrubs call for patience, then pruning
Freeze damage is easily visible on many evergreen shrubs at the beginning of spring, and the temptation to prune those plants back right away can be strong.



Virginia’s largest barn quilt trail runs through Greene County

Virginia’s largest barn quilt trail runs through Greene County
With 70 quilt images on display countywide, the Blue Ridge Barn Quilt Trail in Greene County is Virginia’s largest barn quilt trail and one of the largest in the U.S., according to the Greene County Department of Economic Development and Tourism. 



Crop estimates yield some surprises

Crop estimates yield some surprises
The 2018 corn and soybean yield and production estimates are in from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the top Virginia county for soybean yields in 2018 was Frederick County, with an average of 55.2 bushels an acre.



Rainy winter turns to soggy spring on state’s farms

Rainy winter turns to soggy spring on state’s farms
It’s no secret it’s been a wet winter in Virginia. As of Feb. 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop progress report estimated 82 percent of the state’s topsoil had surplus moisture.



Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to take place in April

Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to take place in April
The fourth Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit will bring together urban farmers, gardeners, foodies, policymakers and government leaders to learn more about one of agriculture’s fasting-growing sectors.



Get your salt fix on the Salty Southern Route

Get your salt fix on the Salty Southern Route
Your trip to Southeast Virginia just got tastier. Long-known for their peanuts, salt-cured hams and other pork products, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry and Sussex counties and the city of Suffolk are all part of the new Salty Southern Route.



State continues to experience honeybee losses

State continues to experience honeybee losses
Every winter the commonwealth’s honeybee population experiences colony losses. Over the past five years, surveys have shown a steady increase in honeybee mortality averaging greater than one-third of the statewide population.



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