Agriculture

Farm bureau lifts avian flu-related restrictions

July 22, 2016

With the 2015 avian flu outbreak drifting further into the past, the Virginia Farm Bureau announced Thursday in a news release that it would lift its restrictions on employees visiting poultry farms.

Fields of Gold receives $98,000 USDA grant

July 22, 2016

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission announced Thursday it will receive a $98,625 grant from USDA Rural Development to be used for programming with Fields of Gold, Shenandoah Valley’s farm trail agritourism program.

Livestock Report

July 19, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
July 16
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $150.00-155.00; 300-399 lbs., $141.00-150.00; 400-499 lbs., $131.00-142.00; 500-599 lbs., $131.00-144.00; 600-699

New program insures farmers’ margins

July 13, 2016

The USDA Farm Service agency began a new program in July designed to protect dairy farmer’ production margins, according to a news release.

Livestock Report

July 12, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
July 9
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $157.00-161.00; 300-399 lbs., $140.00-155.00; 400-499 lbs., $140.00-150.00; 500-599 lbs., $145.00-148.00; 600-699

Livestock Report

July 6, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
June 29
Cows
Breaker 75-80% lean, $70.00-80.00.
Boner 80-85% lean, $70.00-82.00.
Lean 85-90% lean, $58.00-71.00.
Bulls, $93.00-104.00.
Fat

Cleanup campaign for Crooked Run area laid out

July 5, 2016

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, with assistance from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of the North Fork came together to hold a community meeting to present and give updates on a clean-up plan for certain streams in the Crooked Run watershed Wednesday. Streams included in the plan were Crooked Run, Stephens Run, West Run and Willow Brook.

Drones: Agriculture from above

Drone footage shows a cornfield west of Mount Jackson.   Courtesy photo

June 30, 2016

Something new is flying 400 feet in the air over some Virginia farms. They’re not birds and they’re not quite planes – they’re unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones.

Livestock Report

June 30, 2016

Farmers Livestock
June 28
FEEDER:
Cattle (631 head)
Steers (93 head)
Steers
Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $130.00-142.50; 400-500 lbs.,

Woodstock dairy implements robotic milkers

Thomas French, 20, a third-generation member of French Brothers Dairy, stands beside a robot while a cow is milked inside the Water Street dairy in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 23, 2016

These days, machines can do everything. They can wash your car, access the internet and navigate roads worldwide.
But can they milk your cows?
At French Brothers Dairy in Woodstock, yes they can.

Machinery Link: Where Uber meets agriculture

June 23, 2016

For every dollar farmers spend on their equipment, they generate 15 cents in revenue. Workers at Machinery Link Solutions think this is an unacceptable market inefficiency and dropped a website designed to milk every ounce of revenue from agricultural capital to close this gap.

Agriculture: In Brief

June 22, 2016

The nomination period for the Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren Farm Service Agency County Committee opened Wednesday and will be remain so until August 1.

Livestock Report

June 21, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
June 18
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 100-199 lbs., $195.00-200.00; 200-299 lbs., $185.00-205.00; 300-399 lbs., $150.00-205.00; 400-499 lbs., $145.00-151.00; 500-599

Legal hemp in July? Not exactly

Marty Phipps, owner of Old Dominion Hemp, stands in front of the hemp he imported from Holland. He uses the hemp to make bedding for animals. Courtesy of Marty Phipps

June 17, 2016

Come July 1, Virginia will open the door for farmers to enter the fray of hemp farming; but in doing so, Virginia laws will be pushing against federal laws that ban the crop’s production.

Sustainable agriculture: Saving farms, saving the planet

June 16, 2016

MOUNT JACKSON – As the world works on tackling climate change and watches its carbon emissions more carefully, sustainable agriculture is gaining traction as farmers are finding ways to increase productivity while decreasing their carbon footprints.

Report suggests need for more ag research funding

June 16, 2016

A report released Tuesday by the SoAR foundation argues that the lack of federal funding for agricultural research in the U.S. has led to China’s massively higher production totals.

Livestock Report

June 14, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
June 11
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 300-399 lbs., $160.00-170.00; 400-499 lbs., $155.00-160.00; 500-599 lbs., $148.00-155.00; 600-699 lbs., $138.00-143.00; 700-799