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Bumper crop of acorns and other tree seeds helps NC seedling program - This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it. N.C. Forest Service staff from across the state collected the seed used to grow more than 50 types of tree seedlings for the agency’s nursery program. More at our Farm News page>> Ag Economist: Livestock industry's "mini-boom" will last several years - It's not a bubble. Livestock producers can look forward to an economic "mini-boom" that may last for the next several years, providing opportunities for expansion of herds and flocks. This positive period for animal agriculture will also be economically good for rural communities with large numbers of livestock, along with businesses that carry animal management supplies. More at our Farm News page>> Farmers in WV should benefit by participating in end-of-season survey - As the 2014 growing season officially comes to an end, the USDA will contact producers in West Virginia and nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. The data should provide timely and accurate information to help farmers make critical year-end business decisions. More at our Farm News page>> Virginia farm products part of nation’s record-setting ag exports - U.S. agricultural exports, including those from Virginia, are at an all-time high. Farm exports from the Old Dominion have grown in value by 27 percent since 2010, when the state launched a strategic plan to grow those exports. The USDA recently announced that agricultural exports for 2014 totaled $152 billion, topping last year’s record $141 billion. More at our Farm News Page>>