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Corn farmers likely to see high yields, low prices

Local farmers are reporting that this year should see a strong corn crop, but the market prices may not be quite so positive.
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Stats reveal steady corn, soybean acres planted over recent years

According to a recent survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, corn acreage decreased by around 10,000 acres between 2013 and 2014.
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Biodiversity project to begin soon in Front Royal

The Smithsonian is in the forever business, Pierre Comizzoli, director of the institute's biodiversity consortium, said. Now, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal will be involved in ensuring a surviving food supply for future generations.
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International students help at Volunteer Farm

WOODSTOCK -- When senior intern with Shenandoah County's Volunteer Farm Sandy Burner asked the group of around 20 students where they were from, the responses included Mexico, Belgium, Russia and Japan.
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Pig virus prompts precautions at county fairs

All those bringing animals to a county fair this year are asked to be cautious -- as they should be every year.
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A thriving business

WOODSTOCK -- Weeding is a hefty process at Jerry's Gourmet Berries.
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Officials on guard for international pests

Officials at Dulles International Airport in Dulles recently intercepted a "good luck" primate skull topped with feathers. And a necklace of primate teeth. Also, dead bats and a dead mongoose.
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Beekeepers take steps toward improving bee health

BERRYVILLE -- Honey bees across the United States, including those in Virginia, are dying at an alarming rate. But local beekeepers want to change that pattern.
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Pesticides may play role in loss of bees

Scott Currie of Toms Brook Busy Bee has seen firsthand how beekeeping has changed.
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From farm to restaurant table

STRASBURG -- Crissy Willis firmly believes in the benefits of locally grown food, and she has dedicated her life to providing it to Strasburg residents.
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Slow growing season impacts gleaning efforts

WINCHESTER -- Owen Dofflemyer, 9, and Braedon Dofflemyer, 12, of Loudoun County, heaved bags of green beans toward a gray van already filled with them.
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Local farmers deal with weather-related setbacks

WINCHESTER -- This year's harsh winter hurt several crops for many farmers in the area -- but some are saying it was actually a normal season that happened to follow several mild winters.
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Agriculture in Brief

The following food festivals are scheduled this month:
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Central team sweeps FFA state star category

Lacey Dysart of Woodstock has always been inquisitive, inspired by questions of how and why things are what they are. One of three students from Central High School to sweep the State Star category at the June convention of the Virginia Future Farmers of America, Dysart put that curiosity to good use.
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2012 agriculture census not as positive as it appears

Recently released agriculture numbers could represent a significant boost to the industry between 2007 and 2012. But local agriculture experts warn that the good news may not be all it seems.
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National FFA president calls yearlong experience 'empowering'

To say Brian Walsh has had a busy year is an understatement.
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Worth the wait: Good peaches likely to come later in season

Virginia residents may notice the continued impact of this year's long winter in their peaches, but should still see a good quality crop, if small, in the next few weeks.
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Agriculture program helps youth grow

WINCHESTER -- When asked what is grown in the TEENS Inc. greenhouses, volunteer Matt Ferrell, who works with many of the at-risk youth and disabled individuals the program serves, said, "Kids. The rest is arbitrary."
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Area teen to lead national association

Recently elected president of the Junior American Boer Goat Association, 17-year-old Bethany Gochenour of Lebanon Church brings years of experience to the office.
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Environmentally friendly farming

WINCHESTER -- Youth participating in TEENS Inc. have built the largest aquaponics system in Northern Virginia, according COO and Program Director Joe Fromme.
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Market reports

Shenandoah Livestock March 30 FEEDER: Steers, 100-199 lbs., few, $190.00; 200-299 lbs., few, $130.00; 400-499 lbs., $150.00-164.00; 500-599 lbs., $139.00-145.00; 600-699 lbs., few, $133.00; 700-799 lbs., few, $130.00. Bulls, 100-199 lbs., few $270.00; 200-299 lbs., few, $176.00; 300-399 lbs., $157.00-181.00;...

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