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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.

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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.

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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.

The Virginia Governor’s Cup is one of two contests Jeff White, owner and winemaker at Glen Manor Vineyards, enters each year. This year, White brought home two gold medals and a silver medal in the preliminary round of the 2019 competition.

The 2019 Farm2Fork Affair’s much-anticipated arrival received a boost Tuesday afternoon when Gov. Ralph Northam announced Shenandoah County, along with Rockingham and Augusta counties, received nearly $26,000 from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.

WOODSTOCK – Close to 50 farmers, families and elected officials huddled together outside Shenandoah County’s newest farm equipment shop Friday morning for its opening day.

As the nearly month-long government shutdown continues and some federal agencies find creative ways to fund programs, Virginia senators are concerned some other functions are not getting enough attention.

Despite a murky timeline for seeing the federal government return to full capacity, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has offered assurances that those receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits, formerly known as food stamps, won’t go hungry, at least…

Farmers seeking relief from the continuing trade war with China caught a break Tuesday when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a deadline extension for the Market Facilitation Program.

MAURERTOWN — Brad and Krista Foster, owners of North Mountain Vineyard & Winery, say they are ready to walk away from the vineyard they stumbled upon here 20 years ago.

Starting in January, hundreds of Virginia farmers will open their mailboxes to find a survey asking them about their financial well-being.

As Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill last week, farmers cleared one major hurdle in front of them. Next on the horizon is the United States — Mexico — Canada Agreement — a revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Congress has taken a step in the direction of passing a new farm bill, three months after the 2014 act expired.

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.