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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.



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.



Canines can compete for top farm dog of the year

Canines can compete for top farm dog of the year
Virginia farmers are invited to enter their four-legged farmhands in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Dog of the Year Contest.



Veterinary college gives boost to Southwest Virginia farmers

Veterinary college gives boost to Southwest Virginia farmers
Local farmers were among visitors during a Sept. 21 tour of Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine campus. They likely saw where their next livestock vets are training.



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.



New insurance product to provide some relief to dairy farmers

New insurance product to provide some relief to dairy farmers
A new insurance product created to provide some relief to dairy farmers is on sale now.



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.



Horse farm owners invited to enroll in conservation short course

Horse farm owners invited to enroll in conservation short course
Virginia horse farm owners have an opportunity to take part in a one-day course on conservation practices that can benefit their farming operations and local water quality.



‘Buy cow milk, not nut juices’ to help dairy farmers

‘Buy cow milk, not nut juices’ to help dairy farmers
Consumers can help bolster Virginia’s declining dairy industry by purchasing local milk and milk products.



This month, celebrate a meat for all seasons

This month, celebrate a meat for all seasons
October is National Pork Month, but there’s a pork recipe that’s perfect for any time of the year. There’s also room for pork in a balanced diet; eight pork cuts meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines for “lean.”



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