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Might need the exterminator! Invasive insect pest discovered near Winchester

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced Feb. 8 the detection of a new invasive insect pest in Virginia, the Spotted Lantern Fly, It causes damage to plants because of its method of feeding, a news release stated.

Learn about starting and running a small farm on Feb. 11 in Warrenton

Stephen and Amanda Day, proprietors of Starstead Farm in Culpeper County, will talk about “Starting and Running a Small Farm” in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, as part of Fauquier County's 2018 Sunday with the Library series.

VDOE seeking organizations around Virginia to participate in summer food service program

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking partners to participate in the commonwealth’s Summer Food Service Program to ensure that children have access to nutritious meals during months when school is not in session.

Good Eating: Virginia firms to exhibit at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will host the Virginia Pavilion at the 43rd annual Winter Fancy Food Show, Jan. 21-23 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. At least 11 Virginia specialty food companies will exhibit at the show

Oyster farmers are real farmers and important part of Virginia agriculture

Oyster farmers are as important to Virginia agriculture as the farmers who plant corn and soybeans or raise beef or chicken on dry land. While all of agriculture contributes $91 billion a year to Virginia’s economy, the dockside value of the oyster harvest alone was $35.8 million in 2016, up from $28 million in 2014.

Consumers will gobble up many Virginia turkeys this Thanksgiving

The number of turkeys raised in Virginia this year is expected to total 17 million, according to the Virginia office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The finding is from a Sept. 1 survey conducted in major turkey-producing states.

First Lady McAuliffe, Sen. Jeremy McPike serve breakfasts to Potomac High School students Sept. 29

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, accompanied by State Senator Jeremy McPike, served breakfast to Potomac High School students in Woodbridge who stopped to get food between the first and second period of the day Sept. 29 as kickoff to her "Day of Action" campaign to fight child hunger. Every PWCS high school offers this Second Chance Breakfast, which accounts for a part of the 21,000+ breakfasts that are served Divisionwide.

Cinderella, Warty Goblin, Jarradale, Fairy Tale and Blanco - Envision your fall pumpkin by its name!

Virginia's pumpkin growers are reporting quality crops this season, and consumers can expect to find pumpkins in just about every size, shape and color, with variety names such as Cinderella, Warty Goblin, Jarradale, Fairy Tale and Blanco, to name a few.

Heart health event Sept. 21 at Exit 40 Farmers Market in Haymarket

Thursday, Sept. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m. Novant Health UVA Health System will host a Heart Healthy Event at the Exit 40 Farmers’ Market at Haymarket Medical Center.

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