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Forests have huge impact on Virginia agriculture

Forests have huge impact on Virginia agriculture
Virginia forests provided $21 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. More than 62 percent of the commonwealth qualifies as forestland, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.



Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales

Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales
Soybeans have been Virginia’s top agricultural export for the past couple of years. Odds are they won’t be anymore.



Excess moisture affecting crop production

Excess moisture affecting crop production
Topsoil moisture levels have been higher than normal throughout this year’s harvest season and remain high.



Deck the halls with a Virginia-grown Christmas tree

Deck the halls with a Virginia-grown Christmas tree
There are more than 500 Christmas tree farms in Virginia, and thousands of this season’s trees are about to hit the market. 



Giving gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays

Giving gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays
Flower bulbs are beautiful gifts for the holidays. Purchased from local greenhouses and nurseries, bulbs will bloom indoors, providing a bright accent on bleak winter days.



Chestnut trees make a comeback in Virginia

Chestnut trees make a comeback in Virginia
Fresh chestnuts are once again available in Virginia, benefitting cooks who go nuts over using local ingredients in holiday dishes.



Virginia growers put chestnuts back on the map

Virginia growers put chestnuts back on the map
The chestnut blight wiped out the American Chestnut in the early 1900s, but a handful of farms in the commonwealth have found a way to maintain blight-resistant orchards. Marketing collectively as Virginia Chestnuts LLC, they are harvesting thousands of pounds of fresh chestnuts each year.



Sweet potatoes pack a nutritious punch

Sweet potatoes pack a nutritious punch
Sweet news for yam fans: Carbohydrates can be good for you—as long as they’re complex carbohydrates, like those found in sweet potatoes.



Rainy weather leads to wide range of crop conditions

Rainy weather leads to wide range of crop conditions
Another rainy weekend at the end of October put some soybean producers even further behind in harvesting their crops. And while the rain from two tropical storm systems prevented drought problems, it’s been far too wet for many grain producers.



Buy and burn local firewood

Buy and burn local firewood
When stocking up on firewood this season, forestry officials have a hot tip. Buy local and burn local when it comes to fueling your campfire, fireplace or wood-burning stove, and you will be doing your part to curb the spread of invasive insects and disease. 



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