From the category archives:

Farm Economics

Grain Crop Production in Virginia

by Staff August 16, 2014

In recent years farmers in Virginia have accounted for more than 500,000,000 bushels of grains and soybeans.   Here’s a link to an extensive summary of Virginia’s recent grain production including grain sources, storage details, and volume of production of each grain. The grains in the study include corn, rye, oats, wheat, triticale, barley and grain sorghum.  [...]


Virginia Farm Loan Program

by Gayle August 12, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency offers direct Virginia farm ownership loans of up to $300,000  in order to help Virginia  farmers buy or enlarge a farm, construct or enlarge  farm buildings or structures and/or to promote water and soil conservation practices.  The maximum length for these loans can be up to 40 years with interest [...]


Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

by Staff June 9, 2014

A lot of us have no idea how a mushroom is grown.   We like mushrooms and eat mushrooms.  But the actual process of cultivation remains a mystery.  As it turns out, different varieties of mushrooms require different growing conditions and one of the most unique is the popular shiitake mushroom.  The Chinese have grown shiitake mushrooms for over [...]


Poultry Exported to China Again

by Staff May 30, 2014

Here’s something to cluck about.   China is once again allowing Virginia poultry products to be sold to China.  For the past 7 years Virginia has been the target of a complete ban of exported poultry products because China’s Minister of Agriculture wanted to isolate a single case of avian influenza.  China was quite strict about their ban.  It also [...]


The Spy In Your Tractor

by Staff March 30, 2014

There’s a new issue for many farmers.  No, it doesn’t have anything to do with soil conditions or weather or the cost of land or machinery. And it isn’t about the spyware in their computers.  It’s more about the spyware in their tractors. Recently farmers across the nation have become concerned about the way their [...]


Mid-Sized Farms in Virginia

by Staff March 16, 2014

If you’ve been involved with farming or agriculture in Central Virginia, you’ve likely heard of Bill and W.P. Johnson.  Or you’ve at least heard of the Johnson farm, nearly 500 acres near Bedford.   Mr. Johnson was recently interviewed for his opinions of farm life in Virginia and the interview is in THIS LINK.   Bill Johnson [...]