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March 18 - 24, 2018 is Virginia Agriculture Week - a $70 billion industry

March 18 - 24, 2018 is Virginia Agriculture Week and the ideal time to celebrate the success of Virginia’s leading private industry, agriculture. Agriculture has been the backbone of the state's economy for more than four centuries.

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.

Experience history! Spend the night of Feb. 23 at Ben Lomond historic site’s slave quarters

On Feb. 23, visitors can actually spend the night in the slave quarters on site. Historians and interpreters will be there to help people learn about the life of those who were living and working at Ben Lomond.

Highest yields on record in 2017 for Va. soybeans and peanuts, VDACS reports

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced Jan. 16 the estimates for crop production in 2017 and the earlier forecast for high yields for soybeans and peanuts held up. Both crops had the highest yields on record. Corn did not meet farmers’ expectations. Information is based on surveys by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS.

Latest issues and trends in forest and wildlife management focus of annual conference Feb. 24

Owners of woodlands large and small can learn how to maximize their property’s potential at the 14th annual Woods and Wildlife Conference put on by the Virginia Department of Forestry. This educational event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.

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

Know a noxious weed you want to banish from Virginia?

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has developed a method that can be used by the public to nominate weed species for adding to Virginia’s Noxious Weeds list, according to a news release.

PWC farming interests to be represented at national AFBF convention

Stephanie Cornnell of Nokesville is one of nine Virginia farmers who will join Farm Bureau producer members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tenn.

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