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Mountain Man Market recalls Mountain Man Apple Cider due to possible health risk

Mountain Man Market of Cana, VA is recalling its ½ gallon containers of Apple Cider because they have the potential to be contaminated with shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli, according to a bulletin from Elaine Lidholm, director of communications, for the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

Rural Crescent forum at PW Committee of 100 on Nov. 15 at Bristow Manor

Prince William Committee of 100 will host a free discussion about the Rural Crescent, in effect now for 20 years, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Bristow Manor, 11507 Valley View Drive, Bristow VA 20136. An optional social hour and dinner will precede the panel discussion.

Burn firewood close to where you buy it to avoid transporting invasive pests

Whether for home heating or a campfire, always buy firewood close to where you will burn it. Tree-killing invasive insects and diseases can lurk inside and on the surface of firewood. While these insects and diseases don’t travel far on their own, transporting firewood allows them to move hundreds of miles and start infestations in new places, advises the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

What to do with that pumpkin after Halloween - Turn it into compost!

Once we carve and light pumpkins, most people think their value is gone. Think of this: just as many resources went into growing that Virginia grown Jack O’lantern as any other food product, and it will produce a nutrient-dense compost as it rots. Putting every bit of your pumpkin to good use takes a little effort, but it can be a fun family activity and a way to do something good for the planet.

Farmers should take steps now to protect their Farms and livestock from hurricane impact

As a result of the major hurricane forecast, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises farmers to take the following precautions now to help protect their families, farms and livestock.

Three reasons why Honey Month is important to every Virginian

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) wants everyone to know that September is Honey Month across the Commonwealth. Governor Ralph Northam declared September Virginia Honey Month for many reasons. Here are VDACS’ top three:

Candland and Hugo set Sept. 10 session on proposed Rural Crescent updates

Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland and Va. Delegate Tim Hugo want to hear residents' thoughts and opinions on the Rural Crescent and their reaction to some of the proposals Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Battlefield High School auditorium.

Winery at Bull Run to expand: 38 new jobs and double production

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Aug. 23 that The Winery at Bull Run will invest $1.7 million, create 38 new jobs, and double production of its award-winning wines, which are made using only Virginia-grown grapes. The winery, which opened in 2012 on 225 acres adjacent to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, is an important tourist attraction, bringing thousands of tourists to the Commonwealth each year.

Va. beef industry feeling impact of Chinese trade tariffs; trade important in livestock industry

U.S. meat may be moving to other countries, but trade has slowed. That’s the assessment of Margaret Ann Smith, a Virginia cattle farmer and chairman of the livestock marketing council for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, regarding tariffs recently imposed by China.

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