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Local farmers aim to cut cost of hops

Two Shenandoah County residents are taking advantage of the growing hop industry in Virginia and have plans to make it easier for other farmers to get involved, as well.
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Craft brewing offers growing market to Virginia farmers

MIDDLETOWN -- Farmers in the Shenandoah Valley are trying to tap into a growing industry -- and they are finding success.
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Increased bear population hurting farmers' crops

An increasing bear population could hurt local farmers' crops as autumn settles in and bears look harder for food before winter, even after a relatively quiet summer.
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Livestock competitors bring experience to county fair

Area children showing livestock at the Shenandoah County Fair might be young but they bring years of experience to help them lock horns with the competition.
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Volunteer Farm in need of help over next two weeks

The Volunteer Farm in Woodstock is asking local residents and organizations to help harvest what they call a "bountiful crop" over the next few weeks.
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Local farm seeks creative avenues to reach customers

NEW MARKET -- Charles and Anna Long, of Long Roots Farm, understand the true cost of food. They are trying to educate the public about it as well.
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Nationally recognized teacher farms students into scientists

Agricultural education isn't what it used to be. Nearly 30 years ago when Sherry Heishman started teaching agriculture at Central High School in Woodstock, a lot more of her students were raised on farms, and they looked to her for a different kind of education than today's students do.
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Research, extension center aids state farmers

WINCHESTER -- Professors Greg Peck and Keith Yoder are seeking solutions.
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Local food becoming more widely available

Agencies throughout Virginia are working to allow individuals of all income levels access to local, healthier food.
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Farmers markets encourage communty engagement, healthy lifestyle

WINCHESTER -- Quail eggs are slightly more expensive than chicken eggs, at $5.50 a dozen. But Matt Hardin said they are tastier and far more nutritious.
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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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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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