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Appearance of unusual tick on beef farm near Charlottesville has agriculture officials worried

Livestock producers and owners should notify VDACS if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or ticks that occur in large numbers on an individual animal.

Students at Prince William County Schools earn awards in Help a Horse art contest

Seven students from Prince William County Public Schools earned awards in the Help a Horse contest, sponsored by the Prince William County Animal Shelter as part of its annual “Help a Horse” Day event.

VSU receives grant to expand urban agriculture education through distance learning

Virginia State University has been awarded $249,800 by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to expand its urban agriculture education through distance learning. The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program will be changed from its current face-to-face format to a self-paced, online option.

Volunteers needed to help build a “bee hotel” April 14 & April 21 at county landfill

It'll take two days in April to plant a pollinator garden, get a bee hotel built, and install honeybee hives on nearly half an acre at the Prince William County Landfill Complex. Volunteers are needed to help with the work on April 14 and April 21 from 8 a.m. to noon on both days.

Horse owners should check with their veterinarians now regarding vaccination schedule

Mosquito season is already here in many parts of Virginia and will blanket the entire state soon. That means it’s time to start thinking about vaccinating horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

TODAY’S COLUMN: M. Ray McKinnie thanks the people across Virginia & the US who work in Agriculture

Virginia Agriculture Week is March 18-24, and Tuesday, March 20 is National Agriculture Day. I ask you to think about the people who are the heart and soul of American agriculture and those who support agricultural industries.

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.

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