Strasburg mulling hometown planting options

March 31st, 2015

The Town of Strasburg is discussing options toward continuing the gardening and maintenance work previously done by the now-disbanded Hometown Strasburg.

Valley Wine Cellar set to close

March 26th, 2015

The Valley Wine Cellar, a retail outlet for North Mountain Vineyard & Winery, of Maurertown, will be closing its doors this weekend.

Virginia’s wine industry in need of grapes

March 26th, 2015

In both reputation and in demand, Virginia wine is growing. However, industry experts, researchers and professionals all seem to agree: grape growth is lagging.

Livestock Report, March 21-24

March 26th, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
March 21
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $204.00-318.00; 300-399 lbs., $204.00-305.00; 400-499 lbs., $208.00-292.00; 500-599 lbs., $248.00-294.00; 600-699 lbs.,

Livestock Report, March 14-16

March 19th, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
March 14
Steers, 400-499 lbs., $205.00-252.50; 500-599 lbs., $231.00-290.00; 600-699 lbs., $182.00-228.00; 700-799 lbs., $172.00-212.00; 800-899 lbs.,

Agritourism workshop scheduled


March 12th, 2015

Shenandoah County Tourism and Fields of Gold are looking to enhance a growing aspect of the valley: agritourism.

Livestock report, March 7 – 10

March 12th, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
March 7
Few stocker cattle
Steers, 200-299 lbs., one $295.00; 300-399 lbs., one $237.50; 500-599 lbs., $235.00;

Area farmers urged to use biosecurity

March 6th, 2015

With livestock event season just around the corner, area livestock farmers are being reminded to practice biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of deadly diseases.

Livestock report, Feb. 28-March 3

March 6th, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
Feb. 28
Light Sale
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $200.00; 300-399 lbs., $238.00-262.00; 400-499 lbs., $241.00; 500-599 lbs., $192.00-217.00;

Weathering the storm

Dennis Morris, a beef cattle farmer in Toms Brook, demonstrates this insulated automatic water trough that is one of several on his farm that provides fresh water to his cattle even in the extreme cold weather and requires no electricity. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

Freezing temperatures during the winter can put a strain on many agricultural operations. For cattle farmers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, these months can be especially harsh.

USDA schedules survey of farmers

February 26th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to begin surveying farmers on what crops they intend to plant for the 2015 harvest seasons.