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General Agricultural Articles

You might be surprised to learn that farms are spending more on fertilizer and pesticides than fuel.  The USDA Economic Research Service and the Agricultural Resource Management Survey found that the highest energy expenses come from indirect energy sources such as fertilizers and pesticides.  The agricultural farm’s share of indirect expenses is about 17.1%.  Whereas, direct energy’s share of expenses, such as fuel and electricity, is about 8.5%. This data is throughout all farm sizes in U.S. farm businesses.

When looking at all farm sizes, the survey found that small farm businesses highest production expense comes from about 12% of direct energy expenditure.   Medium-sized farm businesses highest energy expense is around 22% of indirect energy expenditure.  The large farm businesses have a higher labor expense which thereby reduces the total energy based expenses. 

The chart below is found in the September 2014 Amber Waves data feature, “Agricultural Energy Use and the Proposed Clean Power Plan.”

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Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

by Sue on November 5, 2014

Gardening From SeedlingsJanuary 19-23,2015
Newport News Marriot at City Center

The Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Shortcourse produced by The Virginia Horticulture Foundation is nationally recognized annual training for individuals in the green industries! Register by November 21, 2014 and receive early bird discounts! For more information please visit the Mid Atlantic Horticulture website.

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Virginia Pumpkin Growers

by Staff October 10, 2014

This is great news for Virginia.  CNN has reported that sales of pumpkins nationally has risen 34% just in the past 5 years.  Not coincidentally this is the same time frame since Starbucks introduced its pumpkin spice latte plus other pumpkin drinks and pastries. A professor at Virginia Tech’s Agricultural  school says that the southwest portion of VA went from zero acres [...]


Virginia’s 2014 Apple Crop

by Staff October 2, 2014

We may be heavy but don’t call us fat.  Can you guess what in Virginia weighs 180 million pounds?  If you answered ‘Virginia’s 2014 apple crop‘… you’d get a gold star. It’s been a great year for Virginia’s famed apples.  Because our Central Virginia area sits primarily east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our orchards benefit [...]


Organic Farming 101 in Virginia

by Staff October 1, 2014

The US Dep’t of Agriculture has published a very convenient site for farmers who’re looking for resources and advice for successful organic farming.  The link will take you to other really helpful information about how to become Certified Organic (did you know that you could get reimbursed for some of your certification costs?) … as well as [...]


Virginia Farmers Honored By Award

by Staff September 30, 2014

Tom and Kim Nixon own Glenmary Farms in Rapidan VA.  This month they were honored as the ‘2014 Farmers Of The Year‘ by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and we want to add our own congratulations to them as well. The Nixons are very enterprising and creative farmers.  Though they farm thousands of acres, some of [...]