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Washington County educator wins Excellence in Agriculture Award

Sarah Scyphers of Washington County is this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture Award winner. She was recognized July 30 during the VFBF Young Farmers Summer Expo.




U.S. agriculture production costs declined sharply in 2015

U.S. farming production costs have decreased for the first time in several years.



Registration open for ‘Virginia’s largest outdoor classroom’

The State Fair of Virginia will bring Virginia’s Standards of Learning to life during its annual Educational Exposition, and field trip registration is open for preschool through high school.



Be cautious when encountering wildlife

With summer come greater opportunities to spend time outdoors. There’s also a greater likelihood of encountering wildlife, and it is important to know what to do when face to face with a coyote, snake, fox or other animal.



Farmers disposing of unwanted pesticides safely

More than 1.4 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides have been collected and destroyed since the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services began the Virginia Pesticide Disposal Program in 1990.



Heat hitting some of state’s farmers hard

Some Virginians have been able to duck the recent heat wave in air-conditioned offices and homes. But farmers work outside all year long, and several have been treated for heat exhaustion at Bedford Memorial Hospital.



Virginia farmers come to aid of West Virginia flood victims

Farm Bureau producer members in Virginia have stepped up to provide assistance to victims affected by recent flooding in West Virginia.



Mini-grants help county Farm Bureaus promote agriculture

Carroll County and Smyth County Farm Bureaus are pursuing projects that will teach children about agriculture this year—with support from the 2016 White-Reinhardt Fund for Education mini-grant program.



Goat-powered land improvement business puts the kids to work

Clearing unwanted brush and weeds can be a tiresome chore—unless you’re a hungry goat that can eat the trimmings. That’s the plan when a work crew from Goat Busters shows up at a job site.



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