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A new list from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has identified 87 non-native invasive plant species in Virginia www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/documents/nh-invasive-plant-list-2014.pdf.   These invasive plants affect everyone, from the government, to the farmer, to the homeowner.  The United States has seen a $34 billion yearly economic loss due to these invasive plants.   They have a negative effect on natural areas, parks, forest land, farms, yards, as well as wildlife habitat and our ecosystem.  

According to an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, the DCR, “… used a risk-assessment protocol to determine an invasiveness rank for each species listed. If they are discovered in Virginia, the goal for these species is eradication to prevent their establishment and spread. People who spot these in Virginia should notify DCR.” 

The plants on this list can be aggressive in your yard or nearby natural areas, and unfortunately, can actually replace plants that are native to Virginia.  These invasive plants tend to grow quickly, copiously produce seed, germinate and colonize, and are difficult and costly to remove and/or control.  Kudzu is an invasive plant that has taken over many natural areas of land in Virginia.

Whether you’re a farmer, landscaper, or homeowner, this list will help you identify the list of non-native invasive plants to keep away from your land.

For more information, please visit:

Virginia Invasive Species Working Group: www.vainvasivespecies.org

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Natural Heritage Program: www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/invspinfo.shtml

National Invasive Species Awareness Week:  www.nisaw.org

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2015 Winter Forage Conferences

by Sue on December 15, 2014

cowThe Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2015 Winter Forage Conference, January 20 through 23, 2015. This years theme: Red Meat, Forages and Human Health.
The day long conferences are from 8:30am to 4:00pm will be repeated at four locations:
January 20 in Weyers Cave at the Weyers Cave Community Center
January 21 in Wytheville at the Wytheville Meeting Center
January 22 in Chatham at the Dominion Agricultural Complex
January 23 in Gordonsville at the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company Hall
For more information and to register visit the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council website.

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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 [...]

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Pastures Streams and Trees Advice

by Staff September 29, 2014

The Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (VDACS) sponsors a lot of interesting workshops and seminars.  Some workshops  aim for an audience of new or potential farmers while other target the existing experienced farmers in the state.  On 11-8-14 they have a seminar scheduled that should attract farmers in all stages of farm experience. [...]

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What’s That Steak Worth

by Staff September 16, 2014

It’s a pinch, for sure.  We shouldn’t need to consider a second mortgage in order to buy a beef roast.  But the prices just keep climbing.  According to the U.S. Dep’t of Agriculture, we are all experiencing high prices of beef and other meats at the supermarket.  And it’s a direct result of the ongoing [...]

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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.  [...]

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