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Virginia farmers keep close watch on net income forecast

Virginia farmers keep close watch on net income forecast
U.S. net farm income is expected to increase 10 percent this year, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the increase follows a 16 percent drop in 2018.



State continues to experience honeybee losses

State continues to experience honeybee losses
Every winter the commonwealth’s honeybee population experiences colony losses. Over the past five years, surveys have shown a steady increase in honeybee mortality averaging greater than one-third of the statewide population.



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.



Rainy winter turns to soggy spring on state’s farms

Rainy winter turns to soggy spring on state’s farms
It’s no secret it’s been a wet winter in Virginia. As of Feb. 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop progress report estimated 82 percent of the state’s topsoil had surplus moisture.



Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to take place in April

Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to take place in April
The fourth Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit will bring together urban farmers, gardeners, foodies, policymakers and government leaders to learn more about one of agriculture’s fasting-growing sectors.



Get your salt fix on the Salty Southern Route

Get your salt fix on the Salty Southern Route
Your trip to Southeast Virginia just got tastier. Long-known for their peanuts, salt-cured hams and other pork products, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry and Sussex counties and the city of Suffolk are all part of the new Salty Southern Route.



Farmers ask for flexible livestock hauling regulations

Farmers ask for flexible livestock hauling regulations
Virginia farmers are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to consider the unique circumstances of transporting live animals over long distances, and amend regulations for farmers and other drivers hauling livestock.



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.



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.



Fifth Virginia Agritourism Conference to be held in Roanoke

Fifth Virginia Agritourism Conference to be held in Roanoke
The 2019 Virginia Agritourism Conference on April 3 and 4 will provide agritourism entrepreneurs with resources and ideas.



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