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Va. farmers to be surveyed

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RICHMOND -- Approximately 1,800 Virginia farmers will be surveyed next month so federal agriculture officials can get a clearer picture of the nation's crops, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will reach out to Virginia growers by mail, phone or in person during the first two weeks of June.

This is a follow-up to reports from farmers in March. Then they said they had planned to plant more acres of corn, soybeans and peanuts this season and cut back on cotton. USDA now is seeking a tally of what actually has been planted.

Virginia's commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, Matthew J. Lohr, said the information is critical for growers, suppliers and others.


"Farmageddon" coming to a farm near you. Thanks to the "farm bill" they can come to your home garden and tell you what to plant or not plant. What business is it of the government what a farmer chooses to plant? I guess it's sustainable development huh?

... and the sky is falling too! But oh okay! Put me down for six big boy tomato plants and a couple of green peppers.

YEAH! Let's grow some corn, too. Celebrate the corn harvest with some homemade cornpone and deep fried back fat and some tea to wash it down with.

I like tea. I like to party. I like corn. But, I don't like corny Tea Party blather as served up by Tin Foil Hats. They no more believe what they think than I believe what I write.

Farmageddon? My, my, how obtuse, simple-minded, and dull-witted one becomes when trying to be clever about imagined intrusive government intervention in every aspect of our ordinary lives. This time the next new government conspiracy to control your life is all about managing dirt.

Just you wait until they hear all about the new census data showing for the first time in U.S. history minority babies are now the majority of babies born. Can you say "role reversal"? I envision spastic whole-body dry-heaves as white women become chamber maids and minority women become captains of industry.


Bwwwaaahhhhhh hahahaha

Kim, if you don't sign up with the Dept. of Agriculture, you don't participate in written surveys and are not required to abide by their suggestions or rules and believe me they have plenty of rules if you get involved. We were offered the opportunity to take part and refused, we run our farm the way we desire and profit or lose accordingly. Relax they are not interested in your vegetable garden.

We understand what they are doing and for the most part agree with it but we have chosen not to participate.

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