Agriculture

State continues to brace for bird flu

July 23, 2015

As autumn draws closer, Virginia’s agriculture officials are gearing up to safeguard the state’s poultry population against the possible spread of the H5N2 strain of avian flu.

Livestock Report

July 23, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
July 18
FEEDER:
Steers, 400-499 lbs., $260.00-290.00; 500-599 lbs., $226.00-258.00; 600-699 lbs., $181.00-212.00; 700-799 lbs., $184.00-208.00; 800-899 lbs.,

Livestock Report

July 16, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
July 11
FEEDER:
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $200.00; 300-399 lbs., $240.00-260.00; 400-499 lbs., $232.50-265.00; 500-599 lbs., $232.50-269.00; 600-699 lbs.,

Foraging sustainable farming

Forrest Pritchard, of Smith Meadows Farm, explains the grazing and fencing of his chicken flock on Friday.   Kevin Green/Daily

July 10, 2015

Forrest Pritchard, of Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, has a lot to say about natural rotational grazing.

Season looks good for grain producers

Jim Fitzsimmons stands between rows of 10-foot corn on his Springdale Farm along the Shenandoah River east of Woodstock this week.  Fitzsimmons has 65 acres of corn planted by Dean and Dennis Shillingburg on the 100-acre farm. Area corn has been growing well with plenty of rain over the last several weeks. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 9, 2015

As the summer months roll along, the season is progressing well for grain producers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, according to Bobby Clark, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for agricultural and natural resources.

Avian flu a concern at live events

July 9, 2015

A concern over avian flu has resulted in many states or localities nationwide banning or considering a ban for live poultry.

Livestock Report

July 9, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
There were no sales July 4.
Farmers Livestock
July 7
FEEDER:
Cattle (395 head)
Steers (79 head)
Steers

Livestock Report

July 2, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
June 27
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $243.00-257.50; 500-599 lbs., $231.00-242.00; 600-699 lbs., $213.00; 700-799 lbs., $217.00.
Bulls, 200-299

Livestock Report

June 25, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
June 20
FEEDER:
Steers, 200-299 lbs., $250.00; 300-399 lbs., $225.00-287.50; 400-499 lbs., $269.00-285.00; 500-599 lbs., $255.00-279.00; 600-699 lbs.,

Mill to receive new bioretention system

June 21, 2015

The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River will be working with state officials on a new project to mitigate storm water pollution at the Edinburg Mill.

Fields of Gold aims to grow agritourism

June 19, 2015

Fields of Gold, the marketing group behind the Shenandoah Valley Farm Trail, is aiming to make the region a top destination in agritourism.

Livestock Report

June 18, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
June 13
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $337.00-345.00; 400-499 lbs., $250.00-297.00; 500-599 lbs., $263.00-264.00; 600-699 lbs., $228.00-237.00; 800-899 lbs.,

Livestock Report

June 11, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
June 6
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $298.00-327.50; 400-499 lbs., $264.00-272.50; 500-599 lbs., $229.00-251.00; 600-699 lbs., $220.00-235.00; 700-799 lbs.,

Staying vigilant

Eddie Dove transfers a load of turkeys to a poultry house on his Mount  Jackson farm on Wednesday. Dove and his wife Jackie are concerned about the  threat of avian flu. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 10, 2015

Mount Jackson farmer Jackie Dove said she is worried about the threat of avian flu that’s hit Midwestern farms.

State officials stress biosecurity measures

June 10, 2015

As the H5N2 strain of avian influenza wreaks havoc in the Midwest, officials and researchers in the Virginia’s poultry industry are on high alert and bracing for the worst.

Livestock Report

June 4, 2015

Shenandoah Livestock
May 30
FEEDER:
Steers, 300-399 lbs., $332.00; 400-499 lbs., $267.50-286.00; 500-599 lbs., $245.00-250.00; 600-699 lbs., few $208.00; 700-799

Local groups react to Clean Water rule

May 29, 2015

Wednesday’s ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency caused a wide range of reactions from environmental groups to farming agencies and politicians.

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.