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Virginia Farm Bureau News & Features is your place for news and information from around Virginia. From gardening tips and recipes to politics and events, stay up to date with what matters to Virginians.

American Farm Bureau president outlines challenges for coming year

America’s farmers, like the nation itself, face a time of impending changes. The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation told Virginia farmers the best way to approach those changes is as a unified front.



Gooden praises Virginia farmers for environmental stewardship

Over the past two years hundreds of Virginia farmers have taken proactive steps to protect water quality on their land. Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden applauded their efforts Nov. 29 at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Annual Convention in Hot Springs.



Montgomery, Pulaski young farmers provide milk for outreach center

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers in Montgomery and Pulaski counties recently raised $4,500 to purchase milk for a local outreach center.



Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce

Study: Fear-based messaging negatively affects consumption of fresh produce
A recent study found that fear-based messaging tactics have led to a decline in produce consumption among low-income shoppers.



Virginia recognizes first 23 families in Century Forest program

Virginia recognizes first 23 families in Century Forest program
The first 23 families whose land qualified for Virginia’s Century Forest designation were honored Nov. 21. The designation recognizes families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years.



Virginia newspapers, TV and radio stations earn VFBF Journalism Awards

The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg claimed Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Ishee-Quann Award for Media Excellence, which recognizes the best of all entries in the organization’s annual Journalism Awards competition.



Give a gift that gives back year-round

Give a gift that gives back year-round
Need a special holiday gift for someone who recognizes the things that make Virginia unique?



Keep the sparkle, avoid the sparks with safe holiday lights!

Keep the sparkle, avoid the sparks with safe holiday lights!
Holiday lights add a festive touch to your home—inside and out! But before you start decorating, make sure you are “current” on how to decorate safely.



Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village wows crowds for third year in a row

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village wows crowds for third year in a row
Dancing lights on winter nights will continue to fascinate this holiday season at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.  Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village, Central Virginia’s largest drive-through light show, opened Nov. 18 and will run through Jan. 1, 2017. The event is open nightly—including holidays—from 5:30 to 10 p.m.



A measure of caution can help prevent kitchen fires

In a season when people spend extra time in the kitchen, it’s extra important to cook safely and know what to do in the event of a fire.



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