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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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Virginia Pumpkin Growers

by Staff on October 10, 2014

Pumpkin CheesecakeThis 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 of pumpkins to over 4,000 acres of pumpkins just since 1999.  Virginia has its own Pumpkin Growers Association where you can locate further details on VA pumpkins as well.

It’s widely thought that Starbucks started the pumpkin craze, but many other businesses are hopping on the Pumpkin Wagon too.  You can get pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin cheesecakes, and an assortment of pumpkin flavored beers.  Many states have extravagant Pumpkin Festivals that include pumpkin carving contests and other creative pumpkin games for the whole family.

I think it bears mentioning that a great deal of what people love about pumpkin flavored foods… is directly coming from the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices that give those foods their distinctive flavors.  The pumpkin craze makes me wonder if there’s money to be made in pumpkin tofu … it needs some kind of flavoring, yes?

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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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]