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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.”

Those spring chicks are so cute! Think you want to raise chickens? Here’s what you need to know

In four to five weeks, those little chicks will become full-grown chickens that require housing, feed, water and protection from predators. They also need good biosecurity to keep the birds and their owners healthy and disease-free. Biosecurity is a program designed to prevent the introduction and transmission of diseases into a flock or herd.

USDA food programs will go on with full benefits - despite government shutdown

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Jan. 8 announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans have access to the nutrition they need, despite the inability of Congress to pass an appropriations bill that safely secures our borders. The plan provides full benefits for participants in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of February.

2019 Agriculture in the Classroom book helps children discover where food comes from

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom wants children to discover how farmers provide healthy meals for them.That’s why the nonprofit organization selected Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen as its 2019 Book of the Year. The book will be read by volunteers across the state during AITC’s annual Agriculture Literacy Week, March 18-22.

Mountain Man Market recalls Mountain Man Apple Cider due to possible health risk

Mountain Man Market of Cana, VA is recalling its ½ gallon containers of Apple Cider because they have the potential to be contaminated with shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli, according to a bulletin from Elaine Lidholm, director of communications, for the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

Rural Crescent forum at PW Committee of 100 on Nov. 15 at Bristow Manor

Prince William Committee of 100 will host a free discussion about the Rural Crescent, in effect now for 20 years, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Bristow Manor, 11507 Valley View Drive, Bristow VA 20136. An optional social hour and dinner will precede the panel discussion.

Burn firewood close to where you buy it to avoid transporting invasive pests

Whether for home heating or a campfire, always buy firewood close to where you will burn it. Tree-killing invasive insects and diseases can lurk inside and on the surface of firewood. While these insects and diseases don’t travel far on their own, transporting firewood allows them to move hundreds of miles and start infestations in new places, advises the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

What to do with that pumpkin after Halloween - Turn it into compost!

Once we carve and light pumpkins, most people think their value is gone. Think of this: just as many resources went into growing that Virginia grown Jack O’lantern as any other food product, and it will produce a nutrient-dense compost as it rots. Putting every bit of your pumpkin to good use takes a little effort, but it can be a fun family activity and a way to do something good for the planet.

Farmers should take steps now to protect their Farms and livestock from hurricane impact

As a result of the major hurricane forecast, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises farmers to take the following precautions now to help protect their families, farms and livestock.

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