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Farm Bureau, other farm groups petition DOT for hauling flexibility

Farm Bureau, other farm groups petition DOT for hauling flexibility
On Oct. 15 the American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations representing haulers of livestock, bees and fish submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting flexibility on hours of service requirements.



VSU Aquaculture Field Day set for Oct. 17

VSU Aquaculture Field Day set for Oct. 17
Limited-scale aquaculture production for the local market is the theme of the 31st Annual Aquaculture Field Day at Virginia State University. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the university’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road. 



State agriculture secretary meets with aquaculture producers

State agriculture secretary meets with aquaculture producers
As state legislators worked to reel in a viable state budget, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry received industry updates from aquaculture professionals.



VSU to hold Fish School, Quickbooks sessions

VSU to hold Fish School, Quickbooks sessions
Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program will hold its annual Fish School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9 and 10 at the university’s Randolph Farm Pavilion near Petersburg.



Shellfish farming thriving in Virginia waters

Shellfish farming thriving in Virginia waters
Virginia’s shellfish growers should be happy as clams this year. That’s because the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s July 2018 Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report said the state’s aquaculture industry is thriving.



Group seeks common ground for future growth of aquaculture industry

Group seeks common ground for future growth of aquaculture industry
An Aquaculture Work Group has been formed to develop ways to promote sustainable growth of Virginia’s clam and oyster aquaculture industries.



Aquaculture predators create problem for the industry

Aquaculture predators create problem for the industry
Wildlife predators are not just a problem for cattle and sheep farmers, they are harming the state’s aquaculture industry as well.



Turkey and Oyster Gumbo

Turkey and Oyster Gumbo

This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.





Romance your sweetheart on Virginia’s oyster trail!

Romance your sweetheart on Virginia’s oyster trail!
Maine has its lobster, Alaska has salmon and Virginia has the oyster.



Oyster Pot Pie

Oyster Pot Pie

This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.




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