Ticks are a nuisance to many, but they can pose a threat to farmers whose livestock are at risk for disease spread by the pests.
From dairy farms scooping up added interest with on-site creameries to pick-your-own orchards and berry patches, agritourism has become popular on many Virginia farms.
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation encourages motorists to slow down, make room and pass safely.
The number of farmers affected by stress, anxiety and depression is growing as they face bankruptcy, selling out or leaving lifelong careers in agriculture.
There are many dangerous occupations, and farming is among the most hazardous.