Agriculture

Grants for Virginia farmers still available

December 2, 2016

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Wednesday the first two recipients of its Virginia Farm Business Development Program, leaving 28 grants remaining for interested farmers.

Livestock Report

December 1, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Nov. 26
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 400-499 lbs., $115.00-124.00; 500-599 lbs., $110.00-120.00; 600-699 lbs., $96.00-104.50; 700-799 lbs., $89.00-98.00.

For farmers, holidays are workdays

Jim Hepner, owner of Fairview Oaks Farm in Maurertown, feeds goats on his farm Wednesday evening. Many area laborers are able to take a day off from work, but farmers must tend to business.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 24, 2016

While many laborers took Thanksgiving Day off to feast and watch football with family and friends, farmers throughout the Shenandoah Valley were out on the farm producing food as usual.

Livestock Report for Nov. 25

November 23, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Nov. 12
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 200-299 lbs., $130.00-139.00; 300-399 lbs., $130.00-138.00; 400-499 lbs., $113.00-124.00; 500-599 lbs., $106.00-113.00;

Livestock Report

November 17, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Nov. 12
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 200-299 lbs., $136.00; 300-399 lbs., $124.00-133.00; 400-499 lbs., $118.00-128.00; 500-599 lbs., $112.00-119.00;

Livestock Report

November 8, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Nov. 5
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 300-399 lbs., $122.00-142.50; 400-499 lbs., $118.00-136.00; 500-599 lbs., $105.00-118.00; 600-699 lbs., $97.00-105.00;

After harvest, hemp research continues

November 3, 2016

With the first legal hemp crop grown in Virginia in decades out of the ground, researchers are now working on their next steps with the harvest and planning for next year’s growing season.

Farm-to-table training slated

November 3, 2016

A growing appetite for local ingredients has been opening new revenue streams for farmers to sell directly to restaurants, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension is launching a new training program to help farmers get in the game.

Livestock Report

November 1, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Oct. 29
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 200-299 lbs., $125.00-142.50; 300-399 lbs., $102.00-140.00; 400-499 lbs., $103.00-132.00; 500-599 lbs., $102.50-110.00;

Livestock Report

October 25, 2016

Farmers Livestock
Oct. 25
FEEDER:
Cattle (796 head)
Steers (128 head)
Steers
M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $117.00-138.00; 400-500 lbs., $119.00-130.00;

Livestock Report

October 18, 2016

Farmers Livestock
Oct. 18
FEEDER:
Cattle (965 head)
Steers (292 head)
Steers
M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $110.00-133.00; 400-500 lbs., $112.00-123.00;

Researcher: Legumes can help winter wheat

October 14, 2016

As the winter wheat planting season continues, one agriculture researcher is wrapping up his study on increasing the nutritional quality of winter crops for silage.

Livestock Report

October 11, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Oct. 8
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 200-299 lbs., $135.00-150.00; 300-399 lbs., $120.00-137.00; 400-499 lbs., $110.00-119.00; 500-599 lbs., $105.00-110.00;

USDA offers aid to farmers in ailing markets

October 6, 2016

Many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs will receive safety net payments due to sagging markets from the 2015 crop year, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Winter wheat production down 33 percent

October 5, 2016

Winter wheat production is down 33 percent from 2015, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences.

Livestock Report

October 4, 2016

Farmers Livestock
Oct. 4
FEEDER:
Cattle (590 head)
Steers (170 head)
Steers
M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $115.00-129.00; 400-500 lbs., $120.00-136.00;

Rain ‘a blessing’ for farmers

September 30, 2016

This week’s stormy weather may cause headaches for commuters and athletes throughout the Shenandoah Valley, but local farmers are thankful for the much-needed rain.

Livestock Report

September 27, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Sept. 24
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 300-399 lbs., $115.00-140.00; 400-499 lbs., $125.00-140.50; 500-599 lbs., $115.00-125.00; 600-699 lbs., $110.00-118.00;