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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.

Employees rate Dept. of Agriculture one of best places to work for federal government, survey shows

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been rated by employees as among the top ten best places to work in the federal government, moving up two notches to come in at seventh place in the 2017 rankings.

Oyster farmers are real farmers and important part of Virginia agriculture

Oyster farmers are as important to Virginia agriculture as the farmers who plant corn and soybeans or raise beef or chicken on dry land. While all of agriculture contributes $91 billion a year to Virginia’s economy, the dockside value of the oyster harvest alone was $35.8 million in 2016, up from $28 million in 2014.

Consumers will gobble up many Virginia turkeys this Thanksgiving

The number of turkeys raised in Virginia this year is expected to total 17 million, according to the Virginia office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The finding is from a Sept. 1 survey conducted in major turkey-producing states.

Kappa Farms to begin aquaponics operation in Loudoun; 21 new jobs on tap

Kappa Farms will create 21 new jobs and invest $865,000 to open an aquaponics operation in Loudoun County.

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