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Cut flower growers’ conference set for March

Cut flower growers’ conference set for March
Five years ago, the U.S. Census of Agriculture estimated that the number of Virginia cut flower producers had jumped from 117 in 2007 to 227 in 2012.



Fresh herbs resurge under Virginia greenhouses

Fresh herbs resurge under Virginia greenhouses
Greenhouse herb operations are popular in Virginia, and there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of locally grown herbs.



Farmers commended for keeping waterways clean, educating legislators

Farmers commended for keeping waterways clean, educating legislators
Virginia farmers received praise for their stewardship and political involvement Jan. 27 from a state official and a delegate whose district is urban and suburban.



Cellphone use up 57 percent among Va. drivers

Cellphone use up 57 percent among Va. drivers
Phones can be more than a major distraction on the roadways when people die from using them.



2018 Farm Bill provides important safety net for farmers

2018 Farm Bill provides important safety net for farmers
In an uncertain business, the 2018 Farm Bill brings America’s farmers and ranchers five years of certainty by providing improved risk management tools and crop insurance.



Farm Bureau: Extension ‘a necessity’; funding needed

Farm Bureau: Extension ‘a necessity’; funding needed
 “What do you do for a living?” can be a complicated question for a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent to answer succinctly.



Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies
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.



Wythe County expo center to highlight area’s largest industry

Wythe County expo center to highlight area’s largest industry
Wythe County’s new 90,000-square-foot Appalachian Regional Exposition Center is expected to generate over $3 million for the area by its fifth year in operation.



Virginia orchid growers dig into a thriving market

Virginia orchid growers dig into a thriving market
Move over poinsettias, because orchids are now the top-selling potted flower in the U.S. That shift opens the door for Virginia nurseries and greenhouses to branch out in the $288 million orchid industry.



Va. farmers share concerns with representatives during Legislative Day

Va. farmers share concerns with representatives during Legislative Day
County Farm Bureau presidents and other Farm Bureau volunteer leaders crowded the halls of the Pocahontas Building Jan. 28 to meet with delegates and senators during the annual Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Day.



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