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Regional pesticide collection Sept. 10 at James Long Park in Haymarket

Anyone wanting to dispose of unwanted pesticides must complete and submit a brochure ahead of time and bring the unwanted items on the day of the event either to the Fairfax or Prince William locations. https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/pesticide-collection-brochure.pdf

2021 State Fair focuses on agriculture, the state’s largest industry

Virginia’s agricultural heritage is at the heart of the State Fair of Virginia, and agricultural activities continue in 2021 with a long list of farm-related attractions. The fair, canceled in 2020, will be held Sept. 24-Oct 3 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County about 1.5 hours on I-95 south from Rte/ 234.

Learning encounter with bees Aug. 7 at Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge

During the “Bee Encounter at Rippon Lodge,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, visitors to the historic property, at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge, will have the chance to learn about the history of beekeeping and the intriguing life of bees. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Rippon Historic Site Manager Jessica Alicea.

Crop Insurance 101 webinar set for July 20 - open to all farmers nationnwide

Farmers and ranchers nationwide are invited to participate in a webinar on July 20 from noon to 1 p.m., CT, which will provide an overview of available federal crop insurance options.

Agriculture is Virginia’s biggest industry and June 13-19 is Va. Agriculture Week

Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring June 13–19 as Virginia Agriculture Week to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community. The Governor, First Lady, and Northam Administration officials will visit sites throughout Virginia to highlight the economic impact of the agriculture industry and the role of farmers and agribusinesses.

Hurricane season begins June 1; get prepared for storm emergencies

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predict a 60% chance of above-normal activity this season. However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.

Notorious Pest Spotted Lanternfly detected in Prince William County

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reports it has detected Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) (Lycorma delicatula) in Prince William County, Virginia, according to Michael Wallace, public information officer. The isolated SLF detection included egg masses and nymphs at one site within the county. SLF has also been found in the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Warren, which are all included in Virginia’s SLF quarantine. At this time, Prince William County has not been included in the SLF quarantine.

Virtual trade show series April 15 and April 22 to feature Virginia’s Finest Producers

A Manassas-based company, Bakefully Yours, will be among vendors featured April 15 and April 22 during the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' (VDACS) Virginia’s Finest Specialty Food and Beverage Virtual Trade Show Series.

Mystery seeds appear in mail; public asked to report receiving any unsolicited packages of seeds

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) says it has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

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