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Biting into a just-picked Virginia peach can be addictive

This year’s crop is excellent: sweet, juicy and luscious with plenty to go around. Virginia peach season began officially on July 1 and the next several weeks will offer prime picking.

Mark Pollinator Week: One of every three bites of food you eat is made possible by pollinators

Honey bees are invaluable to the health of the U.S. agricultural economy as they enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in the nation. In Virginia, honeybees are essential pollinators for about one-third of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops. That is why Governor Ralph S. Northam declared June 17-23 as Virginia Pollinator Week. Without adequate pollination, Virginia could experience a significant reduction in its harvest of apples, alfalfa, berries,cucumbers, melons, squash, peaches and pumpkins.”

The key to putting food on your table

As you sit down to dinner this Agriculture Week, why not lift your glass in a Salute to Stick-To-Itiveness for those farmers who put food on your table day after day and year after year despite the weather, price drops, increased prices for seeds or fuel, labor shortages and changing public tastes.

M-m-m good snacking! Hershey to expand its candy-making operation & add 65 jobs in Augusta County

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Hershey Company, the leading North American chocolate producer and a global snacks company, will invest $104 million to grow its major manufacturing operation in Augusta County.

Breakfast programs at 93 Prince William County schools bring gold award from state

PWCS reports that it is the only school division in the state that attained the gold award for increased participation in their school breakfast programs.

Beehive distribution program suspended due to demand for bee hives; applications due again July 1

Due to an overwhelming response to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Beehive Distribution Program, the program has been suspended. VDACS anticipates that the current volume of applications will utilize all funding allocated for the program.

VDACS on how to solve the Easter egg dilemma

A common question this time of year is, is it safe to leave Easter eggs out overnight? The answer is no.

Teens arrested in connections with masked robberies of a McDonald’s and a Chic-Fil-A

On April 6, detectives from the Robbery Unit concluded an investigation into two armed robberies that occurred on April 1 at the McDonald’s on Dale Blvd. and April 5 at the Chic-Fil-A on the Prince William Pkwy. in Woodbridge (22192).

Closing US/Mexico border could wreak economic havoc for Virginia

Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are sounding the alarm after President Donald Trump threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border to stop immigrant families from crossing the southwest border, no matter the economic impact.

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