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Nutrient management training program in January

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Nutrient Management Program will offer a two-part agriculture nutrient management training school in January--for anyone interested in learning about the development of agricultural nutrient management plans or how to become a certified plan writer.

Fun facts about your Thanksgiving meal

If you’ve ever sat down to a Thanksgiving meal and wondered where all that deliciousness came from, now you can find out.

The money facts about becoming a farmer and how to get financing

Beginning farmers are invited to free seminars on Farm Finance and Conservation Planning.

AgriStress Helpline now open to provide Virginia farmers with mental health support

The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has interpretation services for 160 languages. Farmers can call or text 833-897-2474 to speak directly with a healthcare professional. Crisis specialists have access to a Virginia-specific database of agricultural and health resources. “Stress on a farm never ends,” said Dana Fisher, chair of the VFBF Safety Advisory Committee, which is spearheading the organization’s mental health support efforts. “Stress and mental health issues are always a problem in the agriculture community, and stress can lead to costly mistakes on the job.

Gov. Youngkin announces new custom crush winery incubator in Waynesboro

Common Wealth Crush Co. twill renovate historic vacant warehouse in city of Waynesboro and receive the city’s first Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) award during Virginia Wine Month,

Please don’t move firewood far from where you bought it - you might also move invasive pests

While seemingly harmless, moving firewood can enable the easy movement of destructive forest and agricultural pests. When firewood is moved from one area to another, the invasive emerald ash borer, spongy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, and spotted lanternfly often “hitchhike” to destroy crops, infect more trees and sometimes even entire forests.

Grassland Bird Initiative offers $$ incentives for delaying haying and stockpiling summer pasture

Nearby farmers can get paid for protecting grassland birds during their vulnerable nesting season.

Want to save bees? 2022 Virginia Beehive Distribution opens on Oct. 26

The program provides free equipment for assembling up to three new beehives to Virginia residents. Qualified applicants will be selected at random from all eligible applications submitted during the application period.

September is Va. Spirits Month; Geo. Washington was top Va. whiskey maker of his day

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) have partnered to celebrate September as Virginia Spirits Month. This designation recognizes the commonwealth’s rich history of spirits and spotlights more than 100 licensed distilleries that call the state home.

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