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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.



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.



On Real Virginia: Food banks receiving steady flow of fresh milk

On <em>Real Virginia</em>: Food banks receiving steady flow of fresh milk

Learn how the state’s agricultural community is making sure food banks have plenty of milk for those in need.




Be frugal when buying new plants— split them into more plants

Be frugal when buying new plants— split them into more plants
No matter what you’re buying, every penny counts. And dividing newly purchased daylilies, hostas, tall bearded irises and ferns can save you $50 or more.



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.



Lee County Extension agent named first runner-up in national contest

Lee County Extension agent named first runner-up in national contest
Amy G. Fannon of Pennington Gap was named first runner-up for the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award. The competition took place at the AFBF Annual Convention, held Jan. 11-16 in New Orleans.



Southwest Virginia farmers sweet on maple syrup production

Southwest Virginia farmers sweet on maple syrup production
Maple syrup is being made all over Virginia, and it’s offering a new niche market for farmers.



Hanover insurance agent succeeds using the Golden Rule

Hanover insurance agent succeeds using the Golden Rule

Last year’s Ralph Stokes Award winner, Chris Adams of Hanover County, was recognized by his peers for the characteristics the organization’s highest honor celebrates.




Add extra-deliciousness to desserts with sweet chocolate

Add extra-deliciousness to desserts with sweet chocolate
Want to sweeten up your February meals? Just add chocolate to end dinner on a delicious note.



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