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Farmers nationwide encouraging Congress to approve TPP this fall

Farmers nationwide encouraging Congress to approve TPP this fall
State and county Farm Bureau leaders are urging Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement this fall.



Richard Bland College to hold first pecan festival

Richard Bland College of William and Mary in Prince George County will hold its inaugural Pecan Festival in the Grove from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.




State’s first hemp harvest for research complete

Once a mainstay of Colonial American agriculture, commercial cultivation of hemp in the U.S. ended after World War II under the federal 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. Nearly 80 years later, farmers and researchers in Virginia and other states are working to revive the versatile crop.



Compact tractors are pulling their weight

More farmers and other equipment operators are buying compact tractors instead of full-size machines these days. Joel Hudnall, owner of Turf’s Up Landscaping, said one of his most useful tractors has only 48 horsepower and a smaller frame.



Exfoliating bark can add interest to winter gardens

When winter removes much of the foliage from your garden, you can depend on colorful branches to provide visual interest, according to Augusta County horticulturalist Mark Viette.



Aquaculture is helping to boost Virginia oyster harvest

Virginia’s oyster harvest rose 25 percent last year, passing the 500,000-bushel mark. The dockside value of that harvest increased to $22.2 million, with an estimated economic impact of over $58 million.



AITC Teacher of the Year applications due Nov. 1

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom’s Teacher of the Year recognition.



Two Virginia farmers’ markets among winners in national contest

Two Virginia farmers’ markets topped the balloting in the annual American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration.



New display introduces travelers to state’s farm commodities

Because agriculture is everywhere in Virginia, the Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee recently presented a colorful map to the Virginia Welcome Center on Interstate 85 South at Bracey to familiarize visitors with the state’s different agricultural regions. 



Wheat, barley production down 33%, lowest since 2010

A cold, wet spring had a chilling effect on Virginia’s wheat and barley crops.



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