Agriculture

Grain producers optimistic for the season

Rolls of hay bales line this field along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River near the bridge in Front Royal after a rain shower Wednesday afternoon. Area hay harvests have been bountiful this spring.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

Although state numbers might show otherwise, 2015 is looking positive for area grain producers, according to Bobby Clark, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Diverse agribusinesses gear up for the season

Kitty Hockman-Nicholas walks with her pair of dogs and lamb past a log cabin at The Herds Inn   on Hedgebrook Farm. The 1950-square-foot cabin can be rented out overnight for an experience of life on the farm.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 28, 2015

In the Winchester-Frederick County region, visitors can enjoy a diverse and plentiful array of agritourism-based operations from farmers markets to all-you-need mercantile shops.

Livestock Report for May 29

May 28, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
May 23
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $260.00-345.00; 400-499 lbs., $251.00-281.00; 500-599 lbs., $235.00-250.00; 600-699 lbs., $240.00; 800-899 lbs.,

NASA partnership aims to enhance wine industry

May 21, 2015

The office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced the completion of a project with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that could boost the state’s wine industry.

Livestock Report

May 21, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
May 16
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $267.50-299.00; 400-499 lbs., $247.00-299.00; 500-599 lbs., $250.00-261.00; 600-699 lbs., $227.00; 700-799 lbs.,

Livestock Report

May 14, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
May 9
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $285.00-311.00; 400-499 lbs., $273.00-299.00; 500-599 lbs., $219.00-245.00; 600-699 lbs., $212.00-238.00; 700-799 lbs.,

Finding just the right balance

Kelsie Diehl, 25, kneels beside bibb lettuce she's growing inside her aquaponic greenhouse on Del Ray Farm in Strasburg. The recent Virginia Tech graduate uses fish for fertilization and grows the plants in water. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 12, 2015

After three years and countless trial-and-error Strasburg resident Kelsie Diehl is finally ready to turn a profit at Del Ray Aquaponics Farm LLC.

Va. promoting foreign trade opportunities

May 7, 2015

In the state’s latest effort to promote the exportation of Virginia grown agricultural goods, local producers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with state-contracted international trade consultants in June.

Livestock Report

May 7, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
May 2
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $285.00-333.00; 400-499 lbs., $252.50-289.00; 500-599 lbs., $231.00-257.00; 600-699 lbs., few $227.00; 700-799

Livestock Report

April 30, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
April 25
FEEDER:
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $330.00-355.00; 300-399 lbs., $277.50-315.00; 400-499 lbs., $273.00-293.00; 500-599 lbs., $188.00-245.00; 600-699 lbs.,

‘Economic engine’

Virginia Port Authority CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart presents his State of the Port address Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 28, 2015

Virginia Port Authority CEO John Reinhart on Tuesday hailed the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County as a “regional economic engine” that serves 39 major companies and has generated more than 8,000 jobs.

Livestock Report

April 23, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
April 18
FEEDER:
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $307.50; 300-399 lbs., $260.00-308.00; 400-499 lbs., $242.00-302.00; 500-599 lbs., $237.00-275.00; 600-699 lbs.,

Bowman Andros announces expansion

April 21, 2015

Andros Foods North America announced on Tuesday that it will be providing 160 new jobs at the Bowman Apple Products facility in Mount Jackson.

Livestock Report

April 16, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
April 11
FEEDER:
Steers, 100-199 lbs., $327.50; 200-299 lbs., $270.00-345.00; 300-399 lbs., $232.50-335.00; 400-499 lbs., $237.50-301.00; 500-599 lbs.,

Town passes rezoning request

April 14, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — Town Council approved the rezoning of 135 acres of land near Turkey Knob Road from agricultural to limited industrial on a unanimous 6-0 vote on Tuesday night.

Livestock report

April 9, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
April 4
FEEDER:
Steers, 100-199 lbs., one $212.00; 300-399 lbs., $252.50; 400-499 lbs., $245.00-282.50; 500-599 lbs., $240.00-272.50; 600-699