WOODSTOCK – Members of the Agriculture and Forestal District Advisory Committee are staring down the cause of a large decrease in district land in previous years.

STRASBURG—The Farmers Market returned to Strasburg Saturday morning, bringing free selections from the community garden as well as the first fruits of a bevy of local vendors’ efforts.

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Businesses based in Frederick County or Winchester will have to start applying for permits to ship a wide range of items out of the county following a declaration by a state agency of a quarantine zone to prevent the spread of an invasive insect.

John Duvall strolled under the shaded cover of his produce stand, shoeless, picking a cucumber off a pile and snapping it in half. Duvall has been farming and selling the fruits, vegetables and meats of his labor for 11 years, he said, and he’s spent that time pondering what a farm to table …

WINCHESTER, Va. – It took only three years for the spotted lanternfly to infest all of South Korea. That same fly was found in Winchester and Frederick County in January 2018, and has already moved out of its initial 1-to-2-square-mile range to more than 16 square miles throughout the county.

WOODSTOCK – Supervisors closed the book on gathering new analysis and information about the county’s economic development strategic plan on Thursday evening when Kyle Talente told board members they should continue to support agriculture up and down the county.

WOODSTOCK – County Planning Commission members Thursday night declined to make any judgments on approving a conditional use permit to allow construction of a solar farm.

Virginia Market News Service reported the following weekly agriculture trends on March 22:

STRASBURG – Baby chicks have arrived at area stores that sell agricultural-related products, but buyers beware — those chicks require a big commitment of time and resources. Also, they aren’t going to stay small and fuzzy for long.

NEW MARKET – Town Council members approved several action items during their brief meeting on Monday evening.

WOODSTOCK – County supervisors have approved a bed and breakfast in the Mount Jackson agricultural and forestal district for more intensive use, opening the door for a special use permit application.

MAURERTOWN – Heavy rains last summer followed by piles of snow this winter led to a surge in cattle loss in Shenandoah County, according to Bobby Clark, a senior extension agent.

WOODSTOCK—Shenandoah County Planning Commission members pressed pause on a special use permit application that would open up roughly 200 acres of land for a solar farm.

The Virginia Market News Service reported the following weekly agriculture trends on March 1:

Jeff White collected his gold medals from the Governor’s Cup competition earlier this month and now has one of his wines is in the Governor’s Case.