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Controlled environment agriculture on the rise

Controlled environment agriculture on the rise
Growing food indoors has been trending for several years, and some farmers are weighing the benefits of moving production indoors.



Trade conference highlights winter of discontent, hope for spring

Trade conference highlights winter of discontent, hope for spring
Speakers’ remarks evoked a mix of hope and frustration at the 11th annual Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade. The event was held March 5 in Richmond and drew more than 300 participants, including representatives from 15 foreign embassies.



Cut flower growers’ conference set for March

Cut flower growers’ conference set for March
Five years ago, the U.S. Census of Agriculture estimated that the number of Virginia cut flower producers had jumped from 117 in 2007 to 227 in 2012.



Wet weather proved a mixed blessing for 2018 field crops

Wet weather proved a mixed blessing for 2018 field crops
2018 was the wettest year on record for dozens of Virginia communities, especially in rural areas. And corn, peanut, soybean and tobacco crops all were affected by the extra moisture.



Extended trade talks leave soybeans in storage, growers in limbo

Extended trade talks leave soybeans in storage, growers in limbo
Virginia soybean growers already expect the 2018-2019 marketing season to be a bust. And as trade talks between China and the U.S. extend into spring, they’re worried that next year’s exports sales will slump as well.



Rapidly evolving industry attracts Virginia farmers to hemp summit

Rapidly evolving industry attracts Virginia farmers to hemp summit
The second Industrial Hemp Summit took place Feb. 25 and 26, on the heels of the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage in December. That legislation lifted restrictions on growing hemp in the U.S.



Relieve boxwoods of winter’s wear and tear

Relieve boxwoods of winter’s wear and tear
Boxwood trees are great foundation plants and also can be used for privacy screening, but they are susceptible to winter storm damage, said horticulturalist Mark Viette.



2018 wet weather continues to impact farm fields

2018 wet weather continues to impact farm fields
It may be a new year, but Virginia farmers are still feeling the effects of last year’s wet weather.



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.



Virginia orchid growers dig into a thriving market

Virginia orchid growers dig into a thriving market
Move over poinsettias, because orchids are now the top-selling potted flower in the U.S. That shift opens the door for Virginia nurseries and greenhouses to branch out in the $288 million orchid industry.



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