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Shenandoah County officials are one step closer to putting their strategic plan into action after Gov. Ralph Northam announced a $10,000 planning grant for the county on Tuesday.

Money meant to alleviate drops in farm revenue might not be helping small farms according to data the Environmental Working Group analyzed and released last week. While the Commodity Credit Corporation doles out funds, many large agribusinesses are benefitting rather than more vulnerable farmers.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service opens two important surveys today to help forecast crop yields for every county in the state.

This past summer’s weather has mixed up forecasts for staple Virginia crops. The Virginia Department of Agricultural Consumer Services released its November Crop Production report on Friday that showed positive if unexpected trends in crop production.

Kyan Pfister, 14, a Strasburg High School FFA student, backs up as he gives Sandy Hook Elementary School second-grader Gigi Mullins, 7, a rod and reel casting lesson during a Nature Trails visit to the school on Thursday. Rich Cooley/DailySandy Hook Elementary School second-grader Llain Gonz…

Sierra Miller, 15, a sophomore at Central High School, textures a sample of topsoil during the State FFA Soil Judging Contest held Tuesday at Woodbine Farm Market near Strasburg. Rich Cooley/DailyA group of high school students stand in silhouette against rising fog on this hillside at Woodb…

WOODSTOCK— The founder and owner of Muse Vineyards led a group of about 20 people on a new wine trail looping through his property Saturday afternoon, hoping to give them an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing a bottle of wine from bud to glass.

WOODSTOCK – After winning the Virginia Governor’s Cup in 2015 and opening a tasting room the following year, Muse Vineyards in Woodstock, is adding another feature to its 60-acre estate this weekend.

Local farmers have been receiving their Agriculture Loss Coverage-County (ARC-CO) contracts and/or Price Loss Coverage contracts (PLC) through email from the Farm Service Agency in Strasburg.