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PWC Planning extends deadline for comments on Rural Area Preservation Study

Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland reports that the Prince William County Planning Office has agreed to extend the public comment period, which was set to end Aug. 16, on the Rural Area Preservation Study after his office received requests from citizens for more time to review and submit comments.

Biting into a just-picked Virginia peach can be addictive

This year’s crop is excellent: sweet, juicy and luscious with plenty to go around. Virginia peach season began officially on July 1 and the next several weeks will offer prime picking.

County planners call June 24 meeting on PWC Rural Preservation Study

Prince William County (PWC) is hosting a Public Meeting for Stakeholders to share their perspectives regarding rural preservation in Prince William County. This session will focus specifically on creating a vision and implementing recommendations from the Rural Preservation Study, as the County seeks to address rural preservation.

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.

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