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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.



Despite slight cost increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain

Despite slight cost increase, Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal still a bargain
Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for about $5.23 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.



Number of households facing hunger decreases

Number of households facing hunger decreases
The number of people facing hunger in the U.S. has been steadily declining, and a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a significant drop last year. 



Wet weather woes worse than tornadoes for rural Virginia

Wet weather woes worse than tornadoes for rural Virginia
The National Weather Service confirmed that eight tornadoes hit Virginia Sept. 17, but excessive rains from Hurricane Florence are what did the most damage in rural parts of the state.



When consumers dine out more, farmers see less of their food dollars

When consumers dine out more, farmers see less of their food dollars
Americans are spending more on food, and they’re dining out more. One consequence of that, other than leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, is that farmers are seeing less of each consumer food dollar.



Virginia turkey production is up this year

Virginia turkey production is up this year
The number of turkeys raised in Virginia is expected to total 17 million this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 16,800 last year, carving out a plentiful market of local birds available for the holiday table.



Patriotic picnic will cost less this year

Patriotic picnic will cost less this year
This year’s Fourth of July cookout will cost slightly less than last year, according to a survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.



New videos give snapshot of ever-changing grain markets

New videos give snapshot of ever-changing grain markets
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Commodity Marketing Department has launched a new tool to assist farmers with frequent decisions they must make about grain market pricing.



July 27, 2018 Merchandiser Minute

An update on current market trends and news from Robert Harper of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Grain Division




August 3, 2018 Merchandiser Minute

An update on current market trends and news from Robert Harper of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Grain Division



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