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Agriculture

Federal tax loophole to benefit large-scale farms

When it became clear that the new federal tax law would eliminate the domestic production deduction for farmers, lawmakers scrambled to protect farming interests. They settled on a massive deduction for farmers who sell their produce to cooperatives. One month later, farming organizations ...

Young Farmers of Virginia awards presented

Young Farmers of Virginia The 68th Annual Convention of the Young Farmers of Virginia was held at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg in January.  The following awards were presented: Soybean Poduction Award: Mark Deavers, of ...

Livestock Report

Winchester Livestock- Jan. 30 FEEDER: Steers M&L 1, 400-500 lbs., $160-190; 500-600 lbs., $141-175; 600-700 lbs., $120-141; 700-800 lbs., $115-133 M&L 2, 400-500 lbs., $142-165; 500-600 lbs., $130-143; 600-700 lbs., $115-125; 700-800 lbs., $105-120. Heifers M&L 1, ...

Livestock Report

Winchester Livestock Report -Jan. 23 FEEDER: Steers (278 head) M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $155-172; 400-500 lbs., $158-186; 500-600 lbs., $156-178; 600-700 lbs., $142-158; 700-800 lbs., $122-146; 800-900 lbs., $121-139; 900-1000 lbs. $128. M&L 2, 300-400 lbs., $135-155; 500-600 ...

Obenshain’s bill to curtail lawsuits against farmers clears Senate

“It's just part of life and living in the country,” said Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, Thursday, referring to the smells and sounds that emanate from poultry houses. The Virginia State Senate unanimously approved a bill proposed by Obenshain to increase legal protections for farmers ...

James Pinsky: Common ground is only place to start if you ever want to finish

People are different. This isn’t news. In fact, for the most part, it is our differences that define us, or at least separate us from one and other. Some of us are funny. Some of us aren’t. Some of us are college educated, and some of us are not. Some of us are old, while others are not. ...

Livestock Report

Winchester Livestock Auction Weekly Auction for Jan, 15, 2018 Feeder Cattle   644 head Feeder Steers   181 head Steers M&L 1 300-400 lbs., $153-160; 400-500 lbs. $156-176; 500-600 lbs., $167-178; 600-700 lbs. $142-166; 700-800 lbs., $130-135; 800-900 lbs., $129 Feeder Steers ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Jan. 8 Feeder Cattle 503 On-Farm Cattle 59 (Steers 59) In-Barn Cattle 444 Slaughter Cattle 174 FEEDER: Steers M&L 1, 400-500 lbs., $169.00-175.00; 500-600 lbs., $154.00-170.25; 600-700 lbs., $147.00-172.50; 700-800 lbs., $137.50-141.00; 800-900 lbs., ...

Front Royal fish hatchery closes in on final $10 million design

A year after a $50 million settlement, 40 years after the discovery of mercury pollution in the Shenandoah River and almost a century since the contamination started, the Front Royal Fish Hatchery is slated for major renovations. It all started when DuPont, one of the largest chemicals ...

Livestock Report: Dec. 27

Shenandoah Livestock FEEDER: Cattle (640 head) Steers (159 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $145.00-169.00; 400-500 lbs., $145.00-175.00; 500-600 lbs., $140.00-160.00; 600-700 lbs., $130.00-142.00; 700-800 lbs., $120.00-136.00. M&L 2, 300-400 lbs., $130.00-156.00; 400-500 ...

James Pinsky: Sustainability: a key weapon for freedom

Sustainability. Contrary to some opinions, it is a word spelled with a few more letters than four. Still, among some, the mere mention of the word inspires the use of some of the most colorful four-letter words we have in our language. I have always found resistance to sustainability ironic. ...

Livestock Report

Farmers Livestock Dec. 19 FEEDER: Cattle (640 head) Steers (159 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $145.00-169.00; 400-500 lbs., $145.00-175.00; 500-600 lbs., $140.00-160.00; 600-700 lbs., $130.00-142.00; 700-800 lbs., $120.00-134.00; 900-1000 lbs., $120.00-136.00. M&L 2, ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Dec. 9 FEEDER: Steers L&M 1, 300-399 lbs., $169.00-178.00; 400-499 lbs., $166.00-170.00; 500-599 lbs., $159.50-168.50; 600-699 lbs., $140.00-150.00; 700-799 lbs., $145.00-147.50; 800-899 lbs., $134.00-143.50. L&M 2, 300-399 lbs., $156.00-177.00; 500-599 ...

Livestock Report

Farmers Livestock Dec. 5 FEEDER: Cattle (746 head) Steers (201 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $140.00-169.00; 400-500 lbs., $142.00-167.00; 500-600 lbs., $150.00-169.00; 600-700 lbs., $139.00-154.50; 700-800 lbs., $131.00. M&L 2, 300-400 lbs., $120.00-145.00; 400-500 ...

Livestock Report: Dec. 1

Farmers Livestock Nov. 28 FEEDER: Cattle (938 head) Steers (271 head) Steers M&L 1, 300-400 lbs., $158.00-172.00; 400-500 lbs., $150.00-163.00; 500-600 lbs., $149.00-159.00; 600-700 lbs., $144.00-152.00; 700-800 lbs., $118.00-130.00; 800-900 lbs., $121.00-131.00; 900-1000 lbs., ...

Turkeys in Virginia: fewer, fatter, pricier

Virginia's turkey industry has taken flight in the last 22 years, despite data that at first glance appear to show an industry in decline. Indeed, 200,000 fewer turkeys were produced in the state for slaughter in 2107 than in 2016. And the number of turkeys produced annually has been ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Nov. 11 FEEDER: Steers L&M 1: 400-499 lbs., $160.00-170.00; 500-599 lbs., $142.00-151.00; 600-699 lbs., $135.00-138.00. L&M 2: 500-599 lbs., $136.00-145.00; 1000+ lbs., $118.00-125.00. L&M 3: 600-699 lbs., $119.00-130.00; 700-799 lbs., ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Nov. 4 FEEDER: Steers L&M 1: 200-299 lbs., $165.00-169.00; 300-399 lbs., $160.00-163.00; 400-499 lbs., $137.00-169.00; 500-599 lbs., $130.00-155.50; 600-699 lbs., $135.00-155.50; 1000+ lbs., $117.00-120.00. L&M 2: 300-399 lbs., $165.00-169.00; 400-499 ...

Livestock Report

Shenandoah Livestock Oct. 28 FEEDER: Steers L&M 1, 300-399 lbs., $158.00-165.00; 400-499 lbs., $136.50-166.00; 500-599 lbs., $138.00-155.00; 600-699 lbs., $139.00-145.00; 700-799 lbs., $135.00-138.50; 800-899 lbs., $135.00; 1000+ lbs., $113.00. L&M 2, 300-399 lbs., ...