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Virginia Christmas tree growers deliver on this year’s harvest

It’s not quite Thanksgiving, but the Christmas tree harvest is in full swing and Virginia growers are experiencing a good one.



Farm Bureau ready to work with new administration

As the transition to a new Republican administration begins, Farm Bureau members look forward to working with the new president and members of both parties to solve challenges facing farmers and rural America.



Turkey time is all the time for some Virginia farmers

Turkeys gobble up the limelight in the weeks before Thanksgiving dinner, but more than 300 Virginia farmers raise turkeys year-round.



College classes now cover drone technology for farmers

College classes now cover drone technology for farmers
Piedmont Virginia Community College is now offering a drone certification class for farmers who want to use that technology.



Twenty Virginia companies receive value-added grants worth $3.9 million

Twenty Virginia companies are among recipients of U.S. Department of Agriculture value-added grants to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and entrepreneurs develop new product lines.



Craft cider celebrated during specially designated week

Four years ago, Virginia became the first state to create a specially designated week to celebrate hard cider. This year’s Virginia Cider Week is Nov. 11-20 and includes special tastings, pairings, dinners, events and workshops at cideries across the state.



USDA announces enrollment period for safety net coverage in 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced on Oct. 28 that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill can begin signing contracts to enroll for the 2017 crop year.



Farm transition planning workshops scheduled

Farm transition and estate planning workshops will be held Nov. 14 at the Bedford Campus of Central Virginia Community College and Nov. 15 at the Rustburg office of Virginia Cooperative Extension in Campbell County.



Students give thanks by thanking a farmer

This Thanksgiving season, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has created an activity to help young students understand how foods reach their holiday tables. 



What is ‘sustainable’ agriculture? Consumers’ ideas vary

New information is available on U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance findings related to common perceptions about sustainability and agriculture.



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