Agriculture

Livestock Report

January 17, 2017

Farmers Livestock
Jan. 16
FEEDER:
Cattle (741 head)
Steers (217 head)
Medium and Large 1, 300-400 lbs., $135.00-142.00; 400-500 lbs.,

Canines to the rescue: Farm dogs help save part of goat herd from fire

Kim Gochenour, of Mountain View Farm in Lebanon Church,  walks with her herding dogs Scarlet, left, an Anatolian Shepherd, and Coconut, right, a Great Pyrenees. The two dogs helped save some of her goats after a barn on her farm was destroyed by fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 13, 2017

Dogs, for the most part, are extremely protective animals. It’s an instinct innate to their condition, a trait instilled by nature and relied upon in the most crucial life or death decisions, where taking the time think things out isn’t an option. For a pair of Lebanon Church dogs, that protective instinct reached beyond the human-dog bond.

USDA announces $27 million in agriculture marketing grants

January 12, 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Services has announced the availability of $27 million in grants meant to fund projects aimed at bolstering marketing for local and regional food producers and businesses, according to a release.

Livestock Report

January 10, 2017

Farmers Livestock
Jan. 10
FEEDER: prices unavailable
Cattle (94 head)
Cows (81 head)
Cows Breaker 75-80% Lean, 850-1200 lbs., $62.00-67.00;

Livestock Report

January 4, 2017

Farmers Livestock
Jan. 3
FEEDER:
Cattle (358 head)
Steers (95 head)
Steers
M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $112.00-117.00; 400-500 lbs., $120.00-132.00;

Livestock Report

December 22, 2016

Farmers Livestock
Dec. 20

FEEDER:
Cattle (331 head)
Steers (71 head)

Livestock Report

December 13, 2016

Farmers Livestock
Dec. 13
FEEDER:
Cattle (655 head)
Steers (141 head)
Steers
M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $122.00; 400-500 lbs., $117.00-146.50;

4H teen to deliver aid to Tennessee

Tiffany Heishman, 15, a Lebanon Church 4H Club member, heaves a bag of feed into the family truck outside Rockingham Coop in Strasburg on Thursday. Tiffany sought out donations of livestock supplies and feed throughout the town for 4H families that suffered losses in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area due to a fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 10, 2016

A Strasburg High School teen and local 4H chapter member is driving down to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, today to help out fellow 4H families who lost their property in the the recent fires there.

Christmas trees don’t farm themselves

December 7, 2016

EDINBURG — Before his customers showed up to buy this year’s Christmas trees, Steven Rhoades spent nine years growing, shaping and caring for them.

Livestock Report

December 6, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Dec. 3
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M 1, 200-299 lbs., $135.00-145.00; 300-399 lbs., $120.00-145.00; 400-499 lbs., $115.00-139.00; 500-599 lbs., $107.00-120.75;

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.