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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.

Food collection for needy for Thanksgiving begins in Prince William area

Operation Turkey, food collection for the needy for Thanksgiving, now underway. Donations may be dropped at schools-Oct. 25 in eastern Prince William and Central Office, Nov. 16 in western Prince William

Date Change: Sept. 21 at Exit 40 Farmers’ Market in Haymarket to promote heart health education

Novant Health UVA Health System will host a Heart Healthy event during the Exit 40 Farmers’ Market at the hospital's parking lot in Haymarket on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Oh Honey! More honey bees producing more honey; friends of pollinators needed

Keith Tignor, State Apiarist at VDACS was quoted as saying, “Every Virginian can help honey bee populations by providing flowering plants around their homes and supporting local beekeepers.” September is Honey Month in Virginia!

Getting food to the people who need it in flood-ravaged areas Texas and Louisiana top USDA priority

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is actively working with officials in Texas and Louisiana to ensure that people impacted by Hurricane Harvey have access to food now and after emergency operations are completed.

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