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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.



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.



Legislators will see ‘Farmers in Action’ at Jan. 28 Farm Bureau event

Legislators will see ‘Farmers in Action’ at Jan. 28 Farm Bureau event
State legislators will learn more about issues important to the commonwealth’s farmers Jan. 28 during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day.



Combating distracted driving with technology

Combating distracted driving with technology
Crash avoidance technology could be the most promising avenue for reducing crash risks related to distractions of any type, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.



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.



Conference on agricultural trade to be held March 5

Conference on agricultural trade to be held March 5
Registration is open for the 11th annual Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade, which will be held March 5 at the Richmond Marriott Downtown.



Demand for local foods is hot even in chilly weather

Demand for local foods is hot even in chilly weather
It’s relatively easy for a restaurant to feature local fresh produce in the summertime, when area farmers have plenty. It’s more challenging in the winter.



Farm Bureau on industrial hemp: ‘Comeback crop’ will benefit farmers

Farm Bureau on industrial hemp: ‘Comeback crop’ will benefit farmers
An expert panel outlined the politics, agronomics and economics of industrial hemp Jan. 13 at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention. Federally outlawed for more than 50 years, industrial hemp is making a comeback.



Farmers welcome extension of Farm Service Agency re-opening

Farmers welcome extension of Farm Service Agency re-opening
Although the federal government remains shut down, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will re-open all Farm Service Agency offices to assist farmers.



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