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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.”

Focus on Virginia agriculture this week - a $70 billion industry employing 334,000 people

Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring the week of May 19–25, 2019 as Virginia Agriculture Week in the Commonwealth.

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.

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.

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.

Va. game board passes ten-year elk management plan

The Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries passed the 10-year Virginia Elk Management Plan at its March 21 meeting. The plan covers from 2019 to 2028 and will guide the state game department’s management of a growing elk population.

Twice a year vaccination protects horses from West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Spring has sprung in Virginia, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages horse owners to talk to their veterinarians about vaccinating their horses.

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